British finance minister Rishi Sunak said he hoped domestic consumption would bounce back this year without the need for government schemes to spur spending because household incomes had been protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Asked if this summer would see a return of offers similar to last year's "Eat Out to Help Out" restaurant scheme, or whether he would instead trust consumers to get out and spend money, Sunak said: "As a result of the actions that we've taken over the past year, we've managed to protect a lot of household incomes."
A Chinese magician was on a mission to uncover the secret behind his partner’s performance of floating a table in Shenzhen, China.In this video, the magician, whose stage name is Embarrassing Man, makes a table float off the ground by just waving a table cloth.Another magician, who goes by the apt stage name of Pokerface Man, walks into the frame to rip off the table cloth to reveal that Embarrassing Man is using a handle to pull the table off the ground.This video was posted to Kuaishou, a Chinese video-sharing app, under the account of Pokerface Man. The duo’s hilarious magic tricks revealing videos had attracted over 720,000 followers.Pokerface Man, whose real name is Hao Yakun, developed an interest in magic in 2009. As well as gaining a large online following in the years since, he also teaches courses on magic for budding illusionists, according to a Chinese media report. Credit: Pokerface Man via Storyful
Cox, capped 30 times for Ireland, missed the birth of his daughter Ella-Rae in February and had hoped his family could join him in Australia as the Wanderers push towards the playoffs. Instead, the 34-year-old will head home this week after 27 appearances and five goals with the Wanderers during his 16-month stay. "I had to make a really tough decision about staying here while my partner had a child back in the United Kingdom, which was, to be honest, the hardest decision my life," Cox said in a Wanderers statement.
Veteran journalist Patrick Daniel will come out of retirement to head the Singapore Press Holdings media business after it becomes a not-for-profit company.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — Former and current lawmakers from South-east Asia have called for the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) to be replaced, citing the regional body’s failure to...
Rhode Island administered its one millionth coronavirus jab on May 11, a day after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents 12 years and up.“COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective,” Rhode Island governor Dan McKee said in a statement. “I’m urging all parents to get their 12 to 15-year-olds vaccinated. This vaccine will help keep kids, families, and our community safe.”This footage by Mike Cohea shows his 13-year-old daughter receiving her shot at the Dunkin Donuts vaccine centre in the Ocean State’s capital of Providence.The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is administered as two shots with three weeks between doses. Credit: Mike Cohea via Storyful
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has remitted RM1.9 billion of seized funds related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) financial scandal to the Malaysian...
Manny Machado hit a two-run homer and a three-run triple, leading the San Diego Padres to an 8-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in Denver. Reliever Miguel Diaz (1-0) tossed three shutout innings for San Diego, which was without Fernando Tatis Jr. The star shortstop tested positive for the coronavirus, as did Wil Myers, who was pulled from the game in the third inning. Eric Hosmer was also removed from the game in the seventh inning due to contact tracing, and he subsequently was placed on the COVID-19 IL, as were two teammates pregame, utility men Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo.
President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday the single-dose Russian Sputnik Light vaccine will soon arrive in Venezuela as the country struggles with rising cases of coronavirus. Russia has authorized the use of the Sputnik Light version of its COVID-19 vaccine, a move that could help vaccine supplies go further in countries with high infection rates. "In May vaccination will accelerate and have widespread growth and June, July and August will be the months of a vaccination offensive," Maduro said in a live broadcast on state television.
Telecoms gear maker Ericsson has reached an agreement with Finland's Nokia to pay a settlement of 80 million euros ($97.0 million), it said on Wednesday. Ericsson said the settlement would impact operating profit (EBIT) by 80 million euros and cashflow by 26 million euros in the second quarter. "The amount reflects uncertainty, risk, expense, and potential distraction from business focus associated with a potentially lengthy and complex litigation," it said in a statement.
A 27-year-old woman died on Wednesday (12 May) after jumping from the sixth floor of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — The Federation of Malaysian Business Associations (FMBA) has expressed its support of a stricter movement control order (MCO), stressing the extremity of Covid-19 containment...
Taiwan condemned China on Wednesday for seeking to use vaccines for political gain after Taipei's diplomatic ally Honduras said it was considering opening an office in China in a bid to acquire much needed COVID-19 shots. Honduras does not have formal relations with China and is one of a group of Latin American nations that have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory.
Large crowds of protesters marched through the streets of New York City, on May 11, in support of Palestine amid an intensifying conflict in Israel and Gaza.Early on Wednesday morning, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said it had hit “significant terror targets and terror operatives” across the Gaza Strip, in response to “hundreds” of rockets from Gaza in the previous 24 hours. The IDF said it was its largest strike since 2014.Gaza health officials said late on Tuesday night that the conflict had left at least 30 people dead in the Gaza Strip and more than 200 people injured.Footage uploaded by Andy Ratto shows a large group walking down East 42nd Street, chanting, holding banners and waving Palestinian flags. Credit: Andy Ratto via Storyful
A new observation deck is coming to New York CitySummit One Vanderbilt soars over 1,000 feet highIt's the tallest building in midtown ManhattanNAME: Marc Holliday, CEO, SL Green Realty"We are right here on the 93rd floor at about 1,100 feet above New York City. And visitors will have the opportunity to take those glass elevators that were fabricated in Italy by a gondola maker up another 130 feet to a height of over 1,200 feet for vistas of New York City that are really unparalleled. And you've got to just sort of experience it to really understand how special that moment is."The $3.3 billion skyscraper is next to Grand Central TerminalIt boasts views of the Empire State, Statue of Liberty and moreSummit One Vanderbilt officially opens October 21
Since the military seized power on Feb. 1, Myanmar has seen a growing wave of small blasts in cities and towns, some targeting government offices and military facilities. The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said security forces had seized 48 "handmade mines", 20 sticks of TNT, detonators, fuses and other material in a raid. Other explosive material including gun powder had also been found, the newspaper said.
More than 40 percent of a top US business group's members in Hong Kong said they plan to leave the city in a survey released Wednesday, highlighting growing concerns over Beijing's sweeping national security law.
Investment giant Softbank Group on Wednesday reported an annual net profit of $45.8 billion, the best ever for a Japanese company, reaping the rewards of tech share rallies to recover from last year's record loss.
LONDON (Reuters) -TUI Group, the world's biggest holiday company, said it was expecting a strong 2021 holiday season and stuck to a plan to operate 75% of its pre-pandemic capacity, as rising vaccination levels mean Europe will open for travel this summer. TUI said that it had a total of 2.6 million bookings for this summer, 69% lower than it had at this time of year in 2019. TUI, which before the pandemic took 23 million people on holiday annually, was left disappointed by the limited re-opening of travel in Britain, which along with Germany is one of its two biggest markets.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 ― He has fought in the Rhodesian bush war to help gain Zimbabwe's independence. Now, Misheck Nyandoro, 66, is fighting a different “war” - helping to replenish the...