Asia Today: Australia state report says quarantine bungled
Asia Today: Australia state report says quarantine bungled
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not have power naps while on the job and works incredibly hard through the day, Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said. "The prime minister, like all of us, is focused 24/7 on defeating this virus."
"Depleted" is a word that applies to both the Miami Heat and the visiting Los Angeles Clippers going into their Thursday night matchup. The Clippers, who lost to the host Atlanta Hawks 108-99 on Tuesday, were without their two biggest stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, because of health and safety protocols. In addition, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley missed the game due to right knee soreness.
An owl that collided with a car has recovered and been released back into the wild thanks to a conscientious California motorist.The owl hit Suzanne Friedman’s windshield while she was driving near Pigeon Point. She said she turned around and pulled over, and found the bird was alive, but “dazed and confused”.Friedman decided to take the bird to a falconer friend a couple of hours’ drive away in Fremont.The owl was given the name Chance, she said, and stayed with her friend for six days before it was released on January 23 near to where it was hit.“If I didn’t get her out of the road she surely would have been ran over by a car,” Friedman told Storyful. Credit: Suzanne Friedman via Storyful
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads to Scotland on Thursday in a bid to stem growing support for another independence referendum by arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the benefits of staying together. The bonds that tie England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland together in a $3 trillion economy have been severely strained by both Brexit and Johnson's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Opinion surveys show that a majority of Scots would now back independence, though Johnson has repeatedly said that now is not the time for another referendum that could break apart the more than 314-year-old union between England and Scotland.
BERLIN (Reuters) - "Serious departures" from democratic norms were a core factor in driving the United States to its lowest in eight years on a global corruption index in 2020, watchdog Transparency International said on Thursday. The group's annual report on business leaders' perceptions of corruption - which gave the United States a score of 67 out of 100, down from 69 in 2019 - also cited weak oversight of the country's $1 trillion COVID-19 relief package. That put the United States behind Bhutan and Uruguay in 25th place, down from 23rd in 2019.
Swiss concept artists Frank and Patrik Riklin are diving into the urban landscape to create their latest piece - an art project that will be buried beneath a new residential development north of the city of Zurich. The twin brothers, whose earlier work included an open-air "zero-star-hotel", want to show how art can influence the mentality of a place and the inhabitants of the Zwhatt neighbourhood scheme in Regensdorf. The Riklins, 47, will make around 15 "twisted works of art" which will go on display before being buried in the foundations of the Zwhatt development.
A panel of three judges of Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered on Thursday the release of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, an Islamist accused of beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, a government lawyer said. "By a majority of two to one, they have acquitted all the accused persons and ordered their release," a provincial attorney general, Salman Talibuddin, told Reuters in a text message. Sheikh, the main suspect in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter, had received the death penalty.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh's acquittal by Pearl’s family. Sheikh has been on death row since his conviction in the death of Pearl in 2002.
Syrian businessman George Haswani denied any links on Wednesday to last year's explosion that killed 200 people in Beirut, telling Reuters that he knew nothing about a company linked to the purchase of the fertiliser that exploded in the port. Haswani was named by Reuters and other media outlets this month after it emerged that a company he owned, Hesco Engineering and Construction Company Ltd, maintained its corporate register at the same London address as British firm, Savaro Ltd. The Mozambican firm that ordered the fertiliser, FEM, has said it ordered the shipment through Savaro. Speaking to Reuters at his Damascus home, Haswani said he had employed the same Cypriot agency, Interstatus, to register his company that also registered Savaro, and the agent had shifted the location of the registers to the same address on the same day.
Ten years after joining an uprising in Yemen against autocratic rule and an economy in shambles, the same activists find themselves on opposite sides of a war that has pushed the country to the brink of famine with dim prospects for peace. Ahmed Abdo Hezam, 35, a fighter with government forces known by his nom de guerre Ahmed Abu Al-Nasr, had been a university graduate in the agro-industrial city of Taiz when he first joined youth-led protests that ended Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule. Even back then some 40% of Yemen's population lived on less than $2 a day and a third suffered chronic hunger.
China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that recent military activities in the Taiwan Strait were a response to interference by foreign forces and provocations by forces supporting Taiwan's independence and that "independence means war". Ministry spokesman Wu Qian made the comments at a monthly news briefing in response to a question about recent stepped up Chinese military activity reported by Taiwan in the island's air defence identification zone.
Singapore has moved a step closer to a driverless public transport network with the launch of a new trial of self-driving buses.
China toughened its language towards Taiwan on Thursday, warning after recent stepped up military activities near the island that "independence means war" and that their armed forces were taking action to respond to provocation and foreign interference. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, reported multiple Chinese fighter jets and bombers entering Taiwan's southwestern air defence identification zone over the weekend, prompting concern in Washington. China believes that Taiwan's democratically-elected government is moving the island towards a declaration of formal independence, though President Tsai Ing-wen has repeatedly said they are already an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 — Prasarana chairman Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman was discharged from Sungai Buloh Hospital today, after recovering from his Covid-19 infection. Taking to Facebook,...
An aggressive interpretation of the regulation could mean that only income earned from activities carried out at offices in SEZs would be eligible for a tax holiday.
The Philadelphia Flyers rebounded nicely from their second blowout loss and became the first team to score five times against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. After a productive night of offense, the Flyers will aim for another one Thursday night when they visit the Devils for the second game of their two-game series in Newark, N.J. Philadelphia's 25 goals are tied with the Washington Capitals for the most in the East Division, and 11 of those came in the first two games.
South Korea said on Thursday it would begin COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public in the third quarter but review the use of AstraZeneca's vaccine to the elderly because of limited efficacy data overseas. Health authorities will expand vaccinations towards the second half of the year with an aim to reach herd immunity by November, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) director Jeong Eun-kyeong told a news briefing. Inoculations would begin in February starting with key groups, including around 50,000 medical workers in the front line of coronavirus treatment, the elderly and staff in nursing homes, Jeong said.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 — Umno’s Tan Sri Annuar Musa today cautioned party members that a general election (GE15) could be just around the corner and they should start prepping for it. In a brief...
An Indian court on Thursday denied bail to a Muslim comedian accused of insulting Hinduism, in a case that has raised concern over freedom of expression in the country. Munawar Faruqui, 29, was arrested in the central Indian city of Indore on Jan. 1 during a stand-up comedy show. A complaint filed by the son of a lawmaker from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party accused Faruqui of making "filthy and indecent jokes" about Hindu gods and goddesses, as well as India's home minister Amit Shah.
Populist Sadyr Japarov was sworn in as president of ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan Thursday, completing a remarkable transformation from prisoner to president in just a few months.