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Netflix series criticized online in China over Taiwan flag
China, Singapore, World

Netflix series criticized online in China over Taiwan flag

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese nationalism on the internet has a new target: The popular Thai drama “Girl from Nowhere“ distributed by Netflix. Comments online Wednesday complained the series’ Facebook page showed the flags of Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by the ruling Communist Party as part of its territory, and of Hong Kong, where the party is trying to crush pro-democracy activism. “Girl from Nowhere” joins a growing list of foreign retailers, airlines, hotels and other brands that have been attacked online in China over Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, human rights and other politically charged issues. Some comments complained the flags show support for “splitting China,” or promoting formal independence for self-ruled Taiwan. The flags, with those of Singapore and other markets, appeared
Virus strain behind deadly India outbreak detected in 44 Nations
Asia, Singapore, World

Virus strain behind deadly India outbreak detected in 44 Nations

Virus strain behind deadly India outbreak detected in 44 Nations Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland, USA. (Image: NIAID) NEW YORK: The more infectious coronavirus driving a catastrophic Covid-19 epidemic in India was detected in 44 countries, according to the World Health Organization, which urged more studies to understand its severity and propensity to cause reinfections. The strain, identified in October, spawned three versions -- B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2 and B.1.617.3 -- amid an unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases that made the South Asian country the site of world’s worst coronavirus crisi
Expats fear jabs are not for them
Singapore, World

Expats fear jabs are not for them

Expats fear jabs are not for them As Covid cases and the death toll in Thailand steeply climbs, Dr Opas Kankawinpong, head of the Disease Control Department, on Thursday came out to pacify fears of the foreign community in Thailand -- at last. "Anyone living in Thailand, be they Thai or foreign, will be able to get the vaccine if they want it," he said. The statement nevertheless has done little to calm the expat community -- of about three million -- of fears they would be sidelined in the government's rush to administer limited supplies to a frenzied citizenry whose Covid-free bubble has now been truly burst. The government's message about how the authority will provide the foreign community much needed Covid vaccinations has been mixed. Only two days prior, the Ministry of Public H...
Singapore broker up 544% in a year eyes China for more gains
Business, Singapore, World

Singapore broker up 544% in a year eyes China for more gains

Singapore broker up 544% in a year eyes China for more gains Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm over Shanghai on May 14, 2021. (AFP photo) iFast Corp, an online brokerage that’s been Singapore’s best-performing stock over the past year, is betting on China and a retail-trading frenzy to help it grow assets by more than fivefold by 2028. Although the firm’s Chinese operations are loss-making, Chief Executive Officer Lim Chung Chun said the nation is poised to become the wealth-management platform’s fastest-growing market and is key to the group’s goal of reaching S$100 billion (2.4 trillion baht) of assets under administration by 2028. Investors have bought into that vision, with iFast shares soaring more than 500% in the past 12 months -- beating all members of the FTSE ST All-Shar
Big Pharma, Big Heart
Asia, Business, Singapore, World

Big Pharma, Big Heart

Recognised as a “HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work for 2020” by HR Asia, biopharmaceutical company Takeda Thailand has garnered a respected reputation for its company culture and management style, complemented with Takeda’s global standing as one of the top 10 biopharmaceutical companies in the world. Keen to find out more about how this 240-year-old pharma company transformed from a traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine merchant to a global biopharmaceutical leader, I spoke to Peter Streibl, General Manager of Takeda Thailand, to speak about the company’s management style and philosophy, its contribution to the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and more. How did Takeda get started and how has it changed? Takeda is a company that was founded over two centuries ago in Japan, and we
Myanmar: From diplomacy to force
China, Conflict, Singapore, World

Myanmar: From diplomacy to force

Myanmar: From diplomacy to force Ahead of the special Asean Summit in Jakarta last Saturday, a woman prepares a placard out of crossed-out portraits of Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during a protest against the military coup. (Photo: Reuters) At its recent "special" summit in Jakarta on Myanmar's crisis, Asean reached its diplomatic maximum by coming up with a "five-point consensus" that will likely prove too little and too slow. Constrained by consensus and its non-interference principle where any of its 10 members has a virtual veto, Asean's overdue response to Myanmar's fast-escalating violence on the ground is likely to prove ineffective. As Asean's diplomacy faces limitations, more of Myanmar's outcomes are likely to be decided by the use of force in an intens...
China has invaded Sri Lanka, says a reputed TV Journalist
China, Singapore, World

China has invaded Sri Lanka, says a reputed TV Journalist

China has already invaded Sri Lanka sans bloodshed. The subtle strategies of China to invade developing and under-developed countries in the world and taking them under its control are intelligible to the majority of Sri Lankans and they strongly oppose the crafty entry of China into Sri Lanka. Majority of Sri Lankans are aware that China is aiming for a cultural genocide in Sri Lanka. While China has occupied Sri Lanka without bleeding, the majority of Sri Lankans are now understanding and opposing it, we can see a group of Sri Lankans still betraying the country by inviting China. Don't be surprised, foreign invaders in the past caught Sri Lanka with the help of a minority of betrayers. The personnel from the generation of those betrayers are the ones who support China today. (Yo...
Pandemic pauses the housing trade in northeast China.
China, Singapore

Pandemic pauses the housing trade in northeast China.

Beijing, China: Covid-19 pandemic has paused the fastest growing project between North Korea and China in the district of Dandong.The latest Chinese government numbers showed Dandong's house prices in March recorded a mere four per cent increase on last year.A new three-bedroom flat with a river view in New District today costs 7,000 yuan per square metre (USD100 per square foot) - not much higher than it would have been worth when speculation stalled in 2019, South China Sea.According to the report, the demand has dropped since the hopes for roaring trade with North Korea were dashed by the outbreak of the pandemic last year which prompted Pyongyang to seal off the country. Travel was banned and trade by road, rail and sea almost entirely suspended.However, three years back New District ...
LPGA Tour returns to Singapore, Thailand for 2 events
Asia, China, Singapore, World

LPGA Tour returns to Singapore, Thailand for 2 events

The LPGA Tour is headed to Asia for an abbreviated two-event schedule in Singapore and Thailand for the first time in 18 months and minus several tournaments because of continuing concerns over COVID-19. The HSBC Women’s World Championship begins Thursday at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, followed by the May 6-9 Honda LPGA Thailand at Chonburi near Bangkok. A third tournament was scheduled in China — the Blue Bay LPGA on Hainan Island — but the LPGA cancelled that event three weeks ago because of pandemic travel restrictions. The pandemic severely disrupted the LPGA Tour’s 2020 schedule, as it did to other major sporting events around the world. The LPGA played two tournaments in Australia in February 2020 — they were cancelled this year — and was expected to head to Bangkok, Singapore
New Delhi extends lockdown as India Covid cases hit new record
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New Delhi extends lockdown as India Covid cases hit new record

New Delhi extends lockdown as India Covid cases hit new record People cremate the bodies of victims of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, on Saturday. (Reuters photo) India's capital New Delhi on Sunday extended its lockdown as the country's Covid-19 crisis grew with infections and deaths hitting record highs. The announcement came as the healthcare system struggled to cope with the huge surge, with reports of severe oxygen and medicine shortages and patients' families pleading for help on social media. The vast nation of 1.3 billion people recorded 349,691 fresh cases and 2,767 deaths in the last 24 hours -- the highest since the start of the pandemic. The northern megacity -- home to 20 million people and the worst-hit in India -- had im...