KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Events with live audiences under the creative industries may be held starting tomorrow, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today. While the relaxation...
A 23-year-old Singaporean student studying in the UK flew back to Singapore in the early days of the pandemic in March last year when she had allegedly had flu-like symptoms, a court heard.
Shortly after the military seized power, 55 foreign investors in Myanmar from Coca Cola to Facebook signed a statement committing to the country and employees there during developments of "deep concern". A month on, those pledges are being sorely tested with Myanmar's economy all but paralysed by massive anti-coup protests, widespread strikes and the junta's killing of dozens of protesters drawing calls for boycotts and sanctions. This week, fashion giant H&M, which has around 45 direct suppliers in Myanmar and is also a signatory to the statement, said it had paused new orders from the country due to transport and manufacturing disruptions.
Britain will see a resurgence in coronavirus cases at some point and can't bring deaths from COVID-19 down to zero even with a successful vaccine rollout, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Tuesday. Whitty said that caution in re-opening the economy would affect the size and the timing of a resurgence, but that vaccines would not be able to prevent all deaths from COVID. "All the modelling suggests there is going to be a further surge and that will find the people who either have not been vaccinated, or where the vaccine has not worked, and some of them will end up in hospital and sadly, some of them will go on to die," Whitty told lawmakers.
JOHOR BARU, March 9 — The Johor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has opened an investigation paper on an alleged RM10 million offer to Sekijang MP Natrah Ismail to obtain her support for...
Sandra Contreras is wiping away tears outside a hospital in Lima, Peru.It's not just because her mother is inside, deeply sick with COVID. It's because to pay for the treatment she's become so desperate that she may need to sell her own house. And she's not the only one. Across Latin America, where healthcare systems and social safety nets are thin, many people are being forced to put up the cost of treatment of out of their own pocket - at astronomical cost. "I've pawned all my things. I've been left without work (...) I told my siblings, 'What do I care if we have to sell the house to save my mother? We're going to do it. That's my mother's house that she gave us."There are others literally camping outside the hospital such as Yoselin Marticorena, who says she doesn't have any money to her name any more, and that the hospital is going to disconnect her father from life a ventilator. She doesn't know what to do.The United Nations estimates that 22 million people in Latin America are being pushed into poverty because of the pandemic.In Paraguay, for example, where the healthcare system has effectively collapsed, sparking protests, only about one in five people have social security or healthcare coverage through their employers, and only about 7% pay for private care.The country does have free state-run healthcare but it's very limited.In Brazil, we met Cintia Melo, who is paying about $3,500 a month to care for her 87-year-old mother at home, including a ventilator and visits from health workers."There were absolutely no hospital beds (...) With the help of family members, nephews, children. We also had the help of friends, so it was a joint effort. There were a lot of people who also offered to help, who gave us oxygen. That was all very important for her recovery, to have mother back."Melo's mother is recovering but the costs haven't finished yet.The U.N. believes about half of the people living in Latin America have received some form of monetary help from their governments, to get through the crisis.
Lancashire Police said they broke up an illegal rave attended by around 100 people near Chorley on the night of March 6, with 12 fines being issued.The rave, which was in breach of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, took place in woodland near Healey Nab, Chorley. Police said “many people” fled the area when officers arrived.Chief Inspector Phil Hutchinson said: “This party was a blatant breach of the current restrictions and it is unbelievably selfish for anyone to believe they can gather in these numbers when so many law-abiding citizens have not seen their friends and family properly in almost a year.”This footage shows police approaching the area, with music heard in the background. Police then confront several people, telling them to come forward out of the wooded area. Credit: Lancashire Police via Storyful
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — A union with Umno is the best way to work towards the 15th general election (GE15) for Pakatan Harapan (PH), former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said. Similar to the GE14...
Fahmi is expected at the police station tomorrow. This article, Police summon political artist Fahmi Reza over past social media posts, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
Neymar will not be available for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League decider with Barcelona after failing to shake off a thigh injury, the French champions said on Tuesday.
A British-Australian academic who spent two years detained in Iran said on Tuesday she was kept in solitary confinement for seven months, in what she described as "psychological torture" that left her contemplating suicide. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was detained in Iran in 2018 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on espionage charges, was released late last year in exchange for three Iranians who had been detained abroad. Speaking for the first time publicly, Moore-Gilbert said she was kept in a 4 square meter cell with only a telephone to communicate with prison guards.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Domestic tourism travel between states under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) will be allowed effective tomorrow, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob...
Germany coach Joachim Loew will step down from the role he has had since 2006 after the end of this summer's European Championship, he said on Tuesday. Loew, who has a contract until 2022, led Germany to the World Cup title in 2014 but his team crashed out of the first round in 2018 and has been struggling to perform at top level in recent years. "I take this step consciously, full of pride and also very thankful and with uninterrupted motivation for the Euro," Loew said in a statement.
Riots broke out across Mexico City on International Women's Day as demonstrators took to the streets in protest against daily incidents of violence against women.Demonstrators tore down metal barriers surrounding the national palace as they clashed with riot police, who responded with fire extinguishers.Protester Juana Sanchez voiced anger and frustration at President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for not taking femicide and violence against women seriously."Women as young as 5 are victims of rape, murder, femicide. This country and (the President) prefer to put fences and protect themselves, not the people. We elected him to take care of us and he's not doing it. Femicide is a serious issue in this country."According to think tank Mexico Evalua, five million women in Mexico were victims of sexual violence in the second half of 2020 alone, including cases of harassment, sexual abuse, and rape, the vast majority of which did not get reported.Protesters on Monday also directed their anger towards Felix Salgado, a candidate for governor in Guerrero state, who prosecutors are currently investigating over accusations of rape.Lopez Obrador has stood by Salgado, his party's candidate for midterm elections in June, describing the calls for him to step down as politically motivated.Salgado has not responded to requests for comment, but local media reported that he has denied the allegations.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — The Environment and Water Ministry is looking for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) student who threw his books into a river recently. This is after the video of the student...
More than 12 million people watched the British broadcast of Oprah Winfrey's interview with Meghan and Prince Harry on Monday night, the royal editor of the broadcaster ITV said. Chris Ship said ITV, which showed the two-hour interview a night after it broadcast in the United States, had drawn 12.3 million people at the peak of the programme while the whole show had an average of 11 million viewers. The interview attracted a 54% share of the television audience at the time.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha responded to questions on March 9 about a possible cabinet reshuffle by spraying journalists with an aerosol.The incident came at the end of a press conference at Government House, in Bangkok.Saksith Saiyasombut, Thai corresponded with Channel News Asia, tweeted that Prayut was asked about “specific names in the next cabinet reshuffle – instead he sprays the entire first row of the press with alcohol spray.” Credit: ThaigovSpokesman via Storyful
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — The declining trend of new Covid-19 cases detected in Malaysia continued with 1,280 new infections reported today, and 2,345 more patients cured and discharged. Health...
Kneeling before them in the dust of a northern Myanmar city, Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng begged a group of heavily armed police officers to spare "the children" and take her life instead.
Lancashire Police said they broke up a poker tournament in Blackburn on the evening of March 6, handing out fines totalling £20,800 to those in attendance.A total of 26 fixed-penalty notices were issued to those gathered, in breach of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. The gathering took place in a room above a bar in the town, according to police.Sgt Steve Dundon said: “This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable and not only potentially puts lives in danger, it also risks extending the lockdown yet further.” Credit: Lancashire Police via Storyful