Nearly 65 million people globally have been infected by the disease and the worst-affected country, the United States, is currently battling a third wave of coronavirus infections. South Korea said it is considering tightening its social distancing rules as it reported 629 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the most since the first wave of infections in the country peaked in late February. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said the situation was critical as infections continued to rise at an alarming rate despite the re-imposition of social-distancing rules late last month, and added that the government would decide on Sunday whether to upgrade restrictions.
British food banks are seeing more families needing their support as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forces struggling people to seek help, charities and volunteers say. The rise in those out of work has resulted in more people turning to food banks, which provide emergency food supplies to families in need. "I was working part-time as a cleaner for evenings, and then when COVID started, we had to quit because everything was closed and our offices, they're not opening until 2021 because people can work from home," said Vilma Tunylaite, 40, queuing at a food bank in southwest London.
Kane Williamson showed few signs he has not played a test since March as the New Zealand captain posted a career-best 251 on the second day of the opening test against West Indies in Hamilton on Friday. Williamson's 22nd test century, and third double ton, made up almost half of New Zealand's first innings total of 519 for seven declared before the tourists reached 49 without loss in reply. John Campbell was on 22 and Kraigg Brathwaite 20 not out at the close of play at Seddon Park.
PETALING JAYA, Dec 4 — A woman in Terengganu has set out to help those on a tight budget by selling breakfast items for just RM1 at her stall in Kampung Tasik Padang Khabor. Nurul Hidayu...
A chilly breeze whirls through New Delhi in the mornings and the sun is partly obscured by toxic haze, a marker of another winter in the Indian capital. The perpetually busy arterial highways that connect most northern Indian towns to this city of 29 million people now pulse to the cries of “Inquilab Zindabad” — “Long live the revolution.” Tens and thousands of farmers with distinctive, colorful turbans and long, flowing beards have descended upon the city's borders, choking highways in giant demonstrations against new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation.
Margao (Goa) [India], December 4 (ANI): ATK Mohun Bagan clinched their third win in the seventh season of Indian Super League (ISL) through a stoppage-time winner from Roy Krishna but Odisha FC coach Stuart Baxter feels his side was not unlucky as they played quite brilliantly.
Dec.04 -- Brenda Harvey, general manager for Asia Pacific at International Business Machines Corp., talks about its quantum computer, which was made available to the public in 2016, its cloud business, the company's new report titled "COVID-19 and the future of business," and diversity in the workforce. Amazon.com Inc. is laying the groundwork for a quantum computer, deepening efforts to harness technology that can crunch in seconds vast amounts of data that take even the most powerful supercomputers hours or days to process. Harvey spoke on December 2 on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia."
IPOH, Dec 4 — The Perak Perikatan Nasional (PN) should not remain the state government as the vote of confidence against its mentri besar showed it was “fragile,” said the rival Pakatan...
The WTA is planning to start the 2021 season in the first week of January outside Australia before the players travel to Melbourne for quarantine ahead of the Grand Slam, women's tour chief Steve Simon told Reuters. The Australian Open looks likely to be pushed back from its scheduled Jan. 18 start as Tennis Australia (TA) continue talks with local government over COVID-19 protocols to be established for Melbourne Park. Negotiations over when the players arrive in Australia and what they will be allowed to do during their 14 days of quarantine have dragged out over the last few weeks but Simon was confident the tournament would go ahead.
A cyclone that brought heavy rain to parts of southern India and neighbouring Sri Lanka has weakened into a "practically stationary" deep depression, India's weather office said on Friday. It was not immediately clear how much damage the rains caused in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which had declared a government holiday in some areas and urged people to stay at home ahead of the cyclone. A cyclone that lashed Tamil Nadu last week killed 23, uprooting trees and cutting power and communication links.
Ian Taylor has helped bring the America's Cup to life for TV viewers since 1992 but he is slightly worried that the secret designs and sheer speed of the boats for next year's regatta may have left his computer graphics company in the dark. "We're testing all the data and software from next week," Animation Research's Taylor told Reuters by telephone from Dunedin. Animation Research's graphics have been credited by sailing commentators with helping the casual fan follow the event, with the package showing real-time animations of racing.
Snakes have found a safe space in Myanmar - a global hub for the illegal wildlife trade. For five years, this Buddhist temple in the city of Yangon has been taking in pythons and cobras and vipers otherwise destined for the black market. The sanctuary is run by Wilatha, a monk at the temple. "I always check on their health every morning. I feel from the bottom of my heart that they are my sons and daughters." The snakes are usually caught in or near homes, brought here by members of the community. According to Buddhist beliefs, saving a life will earn them 'merit,' though Wilatha's mission has an environmental angle, as well. "If I don't save these snakes and shelter them here, these snakes will be sold off in the black market. If so, the python would be extinct in Myanmar in the future. I believe that losing even one animal species will cause problems to nature. Even though we don't know specifically about their benefit to nature, the species are helping our environment." Conservationists say snakes are often smuggled to neighboring countries like China and Thailand, where they're eaten or used to make traditional medicine. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has sounded the alarm about their shrinking numbers, listing the Burmese python as "vulnerable" in Southeast Asia. Wilatha has made it part of his job to get the residents of his sanctuary back to the wild. Working with the forest authority, he releases those he feels are ready, hoping they are never caught again.
Julen Lopetegui may not have been successful at his previous club Real Madrid, but he can be satisfied in reviving current club Sevilla.
The sister of a Thai pro-democracy activist who rights groups say was abducted by unknown gunmen in Cambodia called on Friday for authorities to solve the case after holding a Buddhist prayer ceremony to mark six months since his disappearance. Wanchalearm Satsaksit, 37, was bundled into a vehicle in front of his Phnom Penh apartment in June, New York-based Human Rights Watch said. Cambodian police have previously said they were unaware a kidnapping had taken place.
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Meeting the UK's legal target to cut emissions to net zero to curb climate change is a "colossal challenge", the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned, with people needing to eat less meat and drive electric cars to achieve it. The UK has enshrined the goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050 in law, which means cutting greenhouse gases as much as possible and offsetting remaining pollution by planting trees or using technology to capture carbon. In a report looking at the Government's arrangements for achieving net zero, the official spending watchdog warned it was significantly more challenging than the previous target to cut emissions by 80% by mid century - which the UK is not on track to meet. The NAO said the costs of achieving net zero were highly uncertain. But the costs of failing to act would be far greater because of the need to adapt to substantial changes in climate, such as building flood defences and dealing with the impacts on health of higher temperatures, the report said. The NAO also said the Government needs to spearhead a "concerted national effort" to achieve net zero, which would be likely to involve widespread changes to people's lives such as driving electric cars or eating less meat.
Though he's not as wealthy as his billionaire friend Warren, with whom he shares a surname though not DNA, Jimmy Buffett hasn’t done too poorly from epitomizing the lifestyle of an escapist beach bum -- as best described by his still-in-rotation 1977 hit “Margaritaville.” With a business empire based largely on his Margaritaville Café restaurant […]
When I think of “Euphoria,” I think of neon lights, glitter smeared across bleary eyes, dizzying camera angles betraying the disoriented teenage mania that fuels it. I think of Rue (Zendaya) staring across a crowded room at Jules (Hunter Schaefer) with such palpable longing that it hurts. I think of the stunning last moments of […]
Harsh penalties for possessing cannabis include death. This article, UN’s reclassification of cannabis as less dangerous drug won’t change Malaysian laws: Home Minister, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
For a man obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump is losing a lot. The president and his allies continue to mount new cases, recycling the same baseless claims, even after Trump’s own attorney general declared the Justice Department had uncovered no widespread fraud. "This will continue to be a losing strategy, and in a way it's even bad for him: He gets to re-lose the election numerous times," said Kent Greenfield, a professor at Boston College Law School.