April 19, 2021

Asia

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Football: 12 major European clubs launch plans for Super League
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Twelve of the biggest football clubs in Europe are being accused of greed after announcing a new breakaway league. European football's governing body UEFA said it will do whatever it can to stop the new Super League. Six teams from England, including Liverpool and Manchester United, will be joined by six sides from Spain and Italy in the new league. The plan is for games to be played mid-week, while the teams continue to play in their own national leagues on weekends.
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Health expert on what needs to be done to prevent India's COVID-19 outbreak from spiralling further
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New Delhi will enter into lockdown on April 19, 10pm local time as India reels from a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections. More than 273,000 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours. Dr Abhishek Rimal from the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies shared more about the situation in India's hardest-hit areas, and what needs to be done to try and contain the outbreak from spiralling further.
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India's Modi scorned over reckless rallies, religious gathering amid COVID-19 mayhem
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NEW DELHI: Many Indians are pillorying Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his response to a scary surge in coronavirus cases, sickened by him addressing tens of thousands of people at state election rallies and letting Hindu devotees congregate for a festival.Tags like #ResignModi and #SuperSpreaderModi have trended on Twitter in the past two days, as bodies piled up in mortuaries and crematoriums, and desperate cries for hospital beds, medical oxygen and coronavirus tests flooded social media.Having swept to power in 2014 with the biggest single party majority in decades, Modi is unused to such public roasting.He has diced with losing support before by springing unpopular reforms, notably after he decommissioned high denomination banknotes overnight in 2014, and last year, when his agricultural reforms provoked months of mass protests by angry farmers.
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Local uprisings emerge to challenge Myanmar's army
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YANGON: Sleeping by their makeshift barricades, knots of young men at Tahan in the western Myanmar town of Kale had not expected an attack in the pre-dawn darkness.Armed with a few hunting guns made by village blacksmiths, catapults, some airguns and Molotov cocktails, they were no match for forces hardened by decades of conflict and equipped with combat weapons.The first barrage of shots and rocket-propelled grenades from Myanmar's army, known as the Tatmadaw, came around 5am on Apr 7, the protesters and residents of Kale said.By evening, the one-sided battle was over, the sandbag barricades had been cleared and 13 people were dead, three people involved in the armed group told Reuters. Soldiers deployed on street corners and remain until now.
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Year's first super typhoon Surigae triggers evacuation of 60,000 in Philippines
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SINGAPORE: Strong winds and high waves lashed the eastern Philippines on Monday (Apr 19) as the strongest typhoon ever recorded in April barrelled past in the Pacific Ocean, prompting official warnings of flash floods and landslides in the archipelago.The national weather bureau issued a severe wind and heavy rainfall warning on Monday, saying "destructive typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 110km from the centre of the storm". More than 60,000 people have been evacuated from coastal areas.The core of Surigae, or Bising as the storm is known locally, is not expected to hit land. But with a diameter of 500km and winds reaching 195km per hour, the first super typhoon of 2021 foreshadows a busy storm season for the region in the year ahead, experts say.
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EU foreign ministers to meet on Navalny's health as tensions with Russia rise
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a hospital for prisoners, as EU foreign ministers meet to discuss how to push for his release. Mr Navalny has been on hunger strike for nearly three weeks. The US has warned Russia there will be consequences if Mr Navalny dies in jail. The EU said it holds Moscow responsible for Mr Navalny's health. Mr Navalny was arrested on returning to Russia in January, after recovering from a near-fatal poisoning. Moscow has denied ordering that attack.
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COVID-19 update, April 19: Japan's hard-hit regions may slide back to state of emergency
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More major Japanese cities could soon be back under a state of emergency. Osaka and Tokyo have said stronger measures are needed to stem a new wave of COVID-19 infections. In Osaka, hospital beds for those in critical condition are 98% filled. The rising coronavirus cases are due to the more contagious mutant strains becoming dominant in Osaka. Meanwhile Tokyo's neighbouring prefectures, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, Aichi’s Nagoya City will be joining Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa from April 20 for a quasi-emergency state. Two weeks of semi-emergency measures have not done enough.
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EU sanctions 10 Myanmar junta officials, 2 firms
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BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday (Apr 19) imposed sanctions on 10 Myanmar junta officials and two conglomerates linked to the military over the coup and bloody crackdown on protesters, European officials said."The military regime is continuing its course of violence and manoeuvring the country into a dead end. That is why we are increasing the pressure to bring the military to the negotiating table," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after virtual talks with his EU counterparts."In addition to the listing of individuals, two economic conglomerates that are attributed to the military are also affected," he added.European diplomats said the two firms hit with asset freezes and visa bans were the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) and Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd (MEHL) which dominate sectors including trading, alcohol, cigarettes and consumer goods.
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Happy, tearful reunions as Australia-New Zealand travel bubble begins
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There have been tearful reunions as quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand is now allowed for the first time in more than 12 months. The trans-Tasman bubble follows months of negotiations, and has been hailed as a major milestone in restarting global travel. Leaders of both countries can suspend the travel bubble arrangement at any time if there's a COVID-19 outbreak. New Zealanders accounted for 1.3 million arrivals to Australia in 2019, contributing about $2 billion to the Australian economy.
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New Delhi under 6-day lockdown as India reels from devastating new wave of COVID-19
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New Delhi will enter into lockdown on April 19, 10pm local time as India reels from a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections. More than 273,000 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours. New Delhi -- a city of more than 20 million people -- has fewer than 100 critical care beds left. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced criticism for continuing to hold large election rallies. Experts have blamed complacency for India's second wave of infections -- just two months ago, daily cases were well below 10,000.
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Thailand's Gulf Energy Development makes US$5.4b bid for Singtel subsidiary Intouch
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Thailand's Gulf Energy Development is making a US$5.4-billion bid for Singtel's unit, Intouch Holdings. Intouch controls Thailand's largest mobile phone operator, Advanced Info Service (AIS), but many may remember it as Shin Corp. Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra had sold his Shin Corp stake to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings in 2006. Gulf Energy is Thailand's largest power producer by market value. It wants to buy 2.6 billion shares, or about 81% of Intouch that it doesn't already own. It's offering 65 baht each -- 11% higher than Intouch's closing price on Friday (April 16).
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Nurses in the Philippines: Underpaid and unprotected from COVID-19 while saving lives
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In April 2020, the Philippines government imposed a deployment ban on nurses, blocking them from taking on jobs overseas. The labour minister, Silvestre Bello, explained that the country cannot lose the “services of our nurses” at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of ‘prisonurses’ (coined from the term, prisoners) have appealed for the lifting of the ban. For almost two decades, nurses in the Philippines have been fighting for fair compensation. A public law guarantees a starting salary of US$680 in public hospitals. In this episode of #UndercoverAsia, we spoke to a nurse who earns US$13 a day, barely US$3 above minimum wage in Manila. In comparison, a nurse earns about US$2,400 in Germany, between US$2,700 and US$3,000 in the UK and about US$4,000 to US$8,000 in the US with overtime pay. The Philippines government also promised that there’d be sufficient protection and introduced a hazard pay of US$10 a day for work during the pandemic. Nurse Maria Theresa Cruz, 47, worked in Cainta Municipal Hospital. She had to purchase her own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). When she showed signs of COVID-19, she was only given rapid tests that came back negative, despite a government memo stating that rapid tests “should not be used to definitively rule out COVID-19”. Theresa was later given a swab test which came back positive. By then, it was too late, she had already passed away. On top of her salary, she’d posthumously receive only US$1.26 a day in hazard pay. As of November 2020, over 16,000 healthcare workers have yet to receive their hazard pay. WATCH the full episode of Undercover Asia’s Nurses Wanted: https://youtu.be/3F1qTKPeft4 ALSO WATCH: Starving in Philippines' Coronavirus Lockdown: A 16-Year-Old's Story: https://youtu.be/RhDHGgo4yZg Sex And Beauty Pageants In The Philippines: https://youtu.be/9qoFKvymZwM Why's This Illegal Skin Lightening Treatment So Popular?: https://youtu.be/pV5lffYFDNY
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Iran, Indonesia foreign ministers discuss trade, economy
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JAKARTA: Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed trade and economic issues in a meeting in Jakarta on Monday (Apr 19) with his Indonesian counterpart, the two countries said.Zarif emphasized the importance of finalizing a preferential trade agreement in his talks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.He expressed Iran's readiness to continue negotiations, it said in a statement.“Supporting the international law as well as exchanging views on the latest developments in the Afghanistan peace process were among other issues discussed in the meeting,” it said. The United States has said it will withdraw its last troops from Afghanistan in September.
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Gojek co-CEO Andre Soelistyo set to head Indonesian app giant after Tokopedia merger
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Gojek co-CEO Andre Soelistyo is set to head the Indonesian app giant to be created when the transport and delivery provider merges with e-commerce company PT Tokopedia, according to people familiar with the matter.Indonesia’s two most valuable start-ups are set to form a holding company called GoTo, of which Gojek’s shareholders will have 58 per cent and Tokopedia’s owners the rest, said the people, who asked not to be named as the information is private. Patrick Cao, president of Tokopedia,…
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The founders who hail from Grab and Gojek
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We unravel the web of founders who hail from Grab and Gojek, and look at what fresh funding could do for this wireless access startup.
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Year's first super typhoon Surigae triggers evacuation of 100,000 in Philippines
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MANILA: Strong winds and high waves lashed the eastern Philippines on Monday (Apr 19) as the strongest typhoon ever recorded in April barrelled past in the Pacific Ocean, killing one man and triggering flooding in lower-lying communities, disaster officials said.The national weather bureau issued a severe wind and heavy rainfall warning on Monday, saying "destructive typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 110km from the centre of the storm".More than 100,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas, according to provincial disaster agencies.The core of Surigae, or Bising as the storm is known locally, is not expected to hit land. But with a diameter of 500km and winds reaching 195km per hour, parts of the eastern islands of Samar experienced flooding, while several communities lost power.
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Singapore seizes S$2.3m worth of cannabis and heroin; 40kg haul largest in two decades
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Singapore has seized record amounts of cannabis and heroin in a major drug bust. More than 40kg of drugs worth over $2.3 million was found -- enough to feed the addiction of more than 12,000 abusers for a week. A 22-year-old Malaysian has been charged with drug trafficking. In all, the cannabis found is the most recorded in a single haul in 25 years, while the heroin seized is the largest haul in 20 years.
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Experts in Singapore wary of rise in mutant coronavirus strains amid plans to relaunch Hong Kong travel bubble
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Singapore is facing an uptick in Covid-19 cases amid reports of a rising number of mutant strains circulating overseas, with health care experts saying this trend should be closely watched as the city state seeks to launch a quarantine-free travel bubble with Hong Kong.Health authorities on Monday afternoon reported 20 new infections, 19 of which were imported. Of the island nation’s 170 imported cases in the past week, 63 came from India, which is battling a deadly new wave of cases stemming…
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Our Love For Fried Chicken: What Makes It So Irresistible? | Talking Point | Full Episode
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Singaporeans love their fried chicken. From fast food to gourmet, our insatiable appetite for this indulgent food is seeing a comeback, bringing new sauces and food pairings to add to its sinful glory. Despite a growing health craze, we still find ourselves indulging in this guilty pleasure. In the first of this two-part Special, self-professed fried chicken lover and host Steven Chia finds out what’s behind our craving for fried chicken, why do we keep coming back for more, despite knowing that it is bad for us? And what is this obsession REALLY doing to our health? Watch more #TalkingPoint: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkMf14VQEvTai524iU74UlzpWvb1RRAvl About the show: Talking Point investigates a current issue or event, offering different perspectives to local stories and revealing how it all affects you. ================================================ #CNAInsider #CNATalkingPoint #FriedChicken #Health #Diet
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Japan seeks release of journalist detained in Yangon
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Tokyo wants Myanmar to release a Japanese journalist arrested by security forces. Yuki Kitazumi had been taken into custody at his home in Yangon. The reason for his detention remains unknown. Japanese diplomats have sought permission to see him, but that request has not been granted. Meanwhile, the newly formed National Unity Government -- made up of activists and ousted lawmakers from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy -- has urged ASEAN not to recognise the military regime when the group meets for crisis talks in Jakarta on April 24.
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EU sets out Indo-Pacific plan, says it is not 'anti-China'
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BRUSSELS: The European Union resolved on Monday (Apr 19) to step up its influence in the Indo-Pacific region, using areas from security to health to protect its interests and counter China's rising power, although the bloc insists its strategy is not against Beijing.Led by France, Germany and the Netherlands, which first set out ways to deepen ties with countries such as India, Japan and Australia, the 27-member bloc wants to use the nascent plan to show Beijing that it is against the spread of authoritarianism.The bloc "considers that the EU should reinforce its strategic focus, presence and actions in the Indo-Pacific ... based on the promotion of democracy, rule of law, human rights and international law", EU foreign ministers said in a statement. Diplomats said the plan was not "anti-China".
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter takes flight on Mars, first for another planet
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NASA successfully flew a small helicopter on Mars on Monday (Apr 19) as the aircraft, named Ingenuity, rose from the dusty red surface into the thin air. This is the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another planet. It has been hailed as a Wright Brothers moment.
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