China is carrying out sweeping inspections on food importers, supermarkets, e-commerce platforms and restaurants to prevent the spread of coronavirus through imported cold chain products, its market regulator said on Wednesday. China has repeatedly detected the virus on packaging on products ranging from German pork knuckles to Ecuadorian shrimp, triggering disruptive import bans, even as the World Health Organization says the risk of catching COVID-19 from frozen food is low. Imported cold-chain food products cannot be sold in China without a report showing they have undergone a nucleic acid test for the coronavirus, the market regulation administration said, reiterating an existing policy.
JOHOR BARU, Dec 3 — Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar today reminded the public to stay alert following the spike in Covid-19 positive cases and emergence of new clusters in the state. He...
Washington issued new entry rules for Chinese Communist Party members traveling to the United States, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing the State Department.
GEORGE TOWN, Dec 3 — The Penang Special Security Committee meeting today has proposed that the National Security Council (NSC) consider imposing a conditional movement control order (CMCO) only on...
Human rights groups urged Bangladesh on Thursday to stop its plan to ship thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island as officials said the first group of 400 could leave later in the day. Police escorted the refugees in 10 buses from Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar for the journey to Chittagong port and then on to Bhasan Char – a flood-prone Bay of Bengal island that emerged from the sea 20 years ago. Bangladesh says moving refugees who agree to go to the island will ease chronic overcrowding in its camps which are home to more than 1 million Rohingya, members of a Muslim minority who have fled neighbouring Myanmar.
"We must refrain from gathering with people from outside our household, wherever possible," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement, adding that his emergency order was necessary for the protection of life and property. Los Angeles county has recorded 414,185 infections and a death toll of 7,740 in the pandemic, says LA Public Health https://twitter.com/lapublichealth/status/1334290201783361536.
Sainsbury’s has followed supermarket rivals and revealed plans to pay back £440 million in business rates relief it received during the coronavirus crisis. A number of retailers have faced criticism about benefiting from the business rates holiday, aimed at helping firms ride out pandemic, because they are also paying out dividends to shareholders. Sainsbury’s is paying out £231 million to investors via two separate dividends relating to this year and last.
With two old rivals facing off in Ghana's presidential election on Dec. 7 amid familiar economic woes, many voters are paying more attention to a new element in the political mix - the first ever female vice-presidential candidate for a major party. Former education minister Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman hopes that the decision of Ghana's main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to nominate her as its candidate for vice-president will inspire other women to enter politics. She and the NDC's presidential candidate John Mahama, a former president of Ghana, are running against the incumbent, President Nana Akufo-Addo, and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, a former banker, of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Ghana holds a presidential election on Dec. 7 in what is expected to be a two-horse race between the incumbent, President Nana Akufo-Addo, and the leader of the main opposition party, former president John Mahama. The 76-year-old is running against Mahama for the third time, after defeating him in the 2016 race for the presidency. Critics say Akufo-Addo, whose late father was also president before being ousted in a 1972 coup, has failed to make good on campaign promises such as a pledge to bring a factory to every district, while the economy remains dogged by high public debt.
The centerpiece of “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters” is a sweetly engaging story about the improbable autumnal romance between an impossibly demanding celebrity caterer, played by a perfectly cast Jeremy Irons, and the age-appropriate, sight-impaired free spirit (a very winning Diane Keaton) who manages to locate a warm heart beneath his frosty demeanor. Unfortunately — […]
IPOH, Dec 3 — Perak PKR today urged the Perak government to focus on four segments — health, economy, women and youth — when tabling the Perak Budget 2021 at the next state assembly sitting....
Bitcoin, the biggest and original cryptocurrency, soared to a record $19,918 on Tuesday, buoyed by demand from investors who variously view the virtual currency as a "risk-on" asset, a hedge against inflation and a payment method gaining mainstream acceptance. It is North American investors who have been the bigger winners in the 165% rally this year. Weekly net inflows of bitcoin - a proxy for new buyers - to platforms serving mostly North American users have jumped over 7,000 times this year to over 216,000 bitcoin worth $3.4 billion in mid-November, data compiled for Reuters shows.
It comes after DfE figures revealed that 22 per cent of secondary school pupils were absent from school last week for the second week running.
Panaji (Goa) [India], December 3 (ANI): ATK Mohun Bagan's Roy Krishna has scored two goals in as many games and Odisha FC head coach Stuart Baxter is wary of the threat posed by the striker.
Japanese prosecutors are seeking to question former prime minister Shinzo Abe over a scandal involving the cost of events held for his supporters, local media said Thursday.
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Seville [Spain], December 3 (ANI): Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is impressed with Olivier Giroud's match-winning performance against Sevilla and dubbed the player "ultimate professional".
Three long years at UAE Team Emirates finally brought to an end for former Vuelta a España winner
Fans of Apple TV Plus series "Tehran," created by "Fauda" scribe Moshe Zonder, can rejoice, as a second season is in the works. "I can say that we are working on the second season," said Julien Leroux, CEO and founder of Paper Entertainment. "It's not been officially green lit, but we are working on it, […]
The FTSE 100 was set to fall today as France’s President Macron threw a spanner into the Brexit trade negotiations by demanding tougher terms on the UK. France is joined in its hawkishness by France, the Netherlands and Denmark, who have all claimed EU negotiator Michel Barnier has been too soft, particularly over fish quotas. The British side has recently seen new lobbying from Conservative Eurosceptics not to make any last ditch concessions to get a deal over the line.