An intense winter storm swept through central Iowa, dumping snow across the city of Ames on Monday, January 25.This video uploaded to Twitter, shows parts of Ames blanketed in piles of thick snow as ice continues to fall.The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning, cautioning locals against leaving their homes as the snow could make travelling “near impossible at times.” Credit: @CF3_Weather via Storyful
Japan's government said Tuesday it still planned to recruit 10,000 medical personnel for the virus-delayed Olympics, despite the heavy strain on the healthcare system caused by a third wave of infections.
The controversial rapper was found lying on the grass bleeding near an apartment block prior to his death
Thousands of Australians defied coronavirus rules on Tuesday to protest the country's national day, held on the anniversary of British colonisation of the vast continent that its Indigenous population marks as "Invasion Day".
Business owners hailed Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to lift stay-at-home orders across California in response to improving coronavirus conditions, but local health officials expressed concern that it may cause residents to let down their guard. California is experiencing a “flattening of the curve,” Newsom said during a virtual news conference on Monday. The metrics are markedly improved since last month, when some Southern California hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients were crafting emergency plans for rationing care.
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The Houston Astros have re-signed All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year contract, general manager James Click announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Brantley will reportedly earn $32 million over the course of the deal, according to numerous reports. "There were a lot of mixed emotions, obviously, in a small timeframe," Brantley said.
Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is a major doubt for Bangladesh's tour of New Zealand next month because of injury and personal reasons.
Armed and ready to go, Taiwan air force jets screamed into the sky on Tuesday in a drill to simulate a war scenario, showing its fleet's battle readiness after dozens of Chinese warplanes flew into the island's air defence zone over the weekend. Taiwan, claimed by China as its territory, has been on edge since the large-scale incursion by Chinese fighters and nuclear-capable bombers into the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone on Saturday and Sunday, which coincided with a U.S. carrier group entering the South China Sea. The base in the southern city of Tainan, home to F-CK-1 Ching-kuo Indigenous Defence Fighters (IDF), frequently scrambles jets to intercept China's air force.
Thousands of Indian farmers, many on tractors, breached police barricades to launch a protest march into New Delhi on Tuesday as the government held its main Republic Day military parade.
China and New Zealand signed a deal that upgrades their existing free trade pact on Tuesday, giving exports from the Pacific nation greater access to the world's second-largest economy. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the signing of an expanded trade deal with China, noting its significance amid the pandemic. The agreement comes as Beijing seeks to establish itself as a strong advocate of multilateralism following a bruising trade war with the United States and as the coronavirus keeps international borders closed.
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The Philippines has confirmed domestic transmission of the new, highly contagious British variant of the coronavirus, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to abandon a plan to allow some minors to go outside their homes. "Right now, we have local transmission where this individual or these cases with the variant have already infected their community, their family," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told news channel ANC on Tuesday. The world is scrambling to contain the spread of the B.1.1.7 variant, despite travel bans, new lockdowns and a tightening quarantine measures in dozens of countries, amid concerns it could not only be more transmissible, but deadlier.
Medical authorities, meanwhile, may approve a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week, Ardern said, as pressure mounts for a start to vaccinations after the country confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus in the community in months. "Given the risks in the world around us and the uncertainty of the global rollout of the vaccine, we can expect our borders to be impacted for much of this year," Ardern said at a news conference.
Newcastle are winless in their last 10 matches in all competitions, a run that's seen them drop to 16th in the Premier League with 19 points from 19 games. Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa has intensified the pressure on Bruce, with fans gathering outside St James' Park to call for him to be sacked. "We've been on a poor run and I can understand how they feel," Bruce told reporters ahead of Tuesday's home game against Leeds United.
New Zealand's men will host Australia in a five-match Twenty20 series beginning on Feb. 22 in Christchurch. New Zealand on Monday confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in the community in months in a 56-year-old woman, prompting Australia to immediately suspend a travel bubble with the country for 72 hours. "We're very positive that the tours to New Zealand will proceed with the Australian teams," White told New Zealand's Stuff media.
Hong Kong’s government began marketing its second US dollar-denominated green bond on Tuesday as the city seeks to bolster its status as an international centre for sustainable financing – a market that could top US$29 trillion globally over the next decade.The city’s government first announced a programme in 2018 to issue up to HK$100 billion (US$12.9 billion) in green bonds, raising US$1 billion with its first bond under the programme in 2019.Green bonds are fixed-income products designed to fund projects that are environmentally friendly.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.The latest offering seeks to price 5-year, 10-year and 30-year bonds at 50, 60 and 90 basis points over US Treasuries, according to marketing materials seen by the Post. Within hours of the books opening, the bonds had attracted more than US$10 billion of pledges from investors, according to a person familiar with the matter. The bonds could be priced as soon as Tuesday.Crédit Agricole and HSBC are acting as joint global coordinators, joint lead managers and joint bookrunners on the offering.Demand for green financing is rising as China and other governments in Asia have pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 and big investors push companies to become more environmentally friendly and disclose their efforts publicly.The pricing comes as Hong Kong seeks to become a major green financing hub, particularly for development in the Greater Bay Area.There were US$26 billion worth of green bonds issued in the city by the end of 2019, according to a November report by Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR).In May, seven financial regulators and government bureaus, led by the HKMA, formed a cross-agency body to promote the city’s efforts to become a green financing hub.In August, the MTR Corporation, the city’s rail operator, sold a 10-year green bond worth US$1.2 billion, the biggest issued in the city at the time. Hong Kong’s government is its largest shareholder, holding 74.98 per cent of its outstanding shares as of December 31.In November, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city’s de facto central bank, said it would team up with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help commercial banks address climate change as part of the new Alliance for Green Commercial Banks. The IFC estimates there are more than US$29 trillion in green and climate investment opportunities over the next decade.Last month, a working group led by the HKMA and the Securities and Futures Commission said financial firms in the city would be required to declare how their assets and investments affect climate change beginning in 2025. Banks also will have to carry out stress tests to make sure their business models and investments could cope with events related to climate change beginning later this year.Additional reporting by Alison Tudor-AckroydMore from South China Morning Post: * HSBC chairman: Transition financing needed to achieve 2050 ‘net zero’ climate goals, divestment not the answer * Asian companies reach ‘tipping point’, more readily engaging on climate change: Climate Action 100+ * Hong Kong’s financial firms must disclose climate change policies from 2025 under new rules to boost city as ‘green fundraising’ hub * HKMA joins new alliance on green financing as US$29 trillion in opportunities expected over next decade * Green financing to help drive China’s 2060 push for carbon neutralityThis article Hong Kong marketing second green bond, key part of push to be Asia’s sustainable financing hub first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Vietnam's secretive, twice-a-decade political transition kicked off Tuesday, with the Communist Party poised to select its future leaders who will have to contend with an increasingly assertive China and ramped-up trade tensions with the United States.
Polarising tennis great Margaret Court insisted Tuesday she will not be giving back a high-profile Australian honour after a backlash over her views on homosexuality, claiming she "loves" gay and transgender people.