What the heck is Rufus doing? Maybe his name should be Doofus instead!
What the heck is Rufus doing? Maybe his name should be Doofus instead!
As Islamic State fighters advanced across northern Iraq in 2014, Mazen Shemes' nine-year-old son was killed by a mortar. Five years later the 47-year-old farmer returned to the town of Qaraqosh, part of a wave of people who, supported by church leaders, re-populated its empty streets and rebuilt homes left in ruins by extremist militants and the fighting that ousted them. About half of the Christian enclave of Qaraqosh has come back since Islamic State was defeated in 2017, a rare sign of hope for a community devastated by Iraq's descent into Islamist violence after the U.S. invasion in 2003.
The mother of a two-year-old girl whose remains were found in a flat at Chin Swee Road in 2019 was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal over her murder charge on Tuesday (2 March).
British grocery sales soared 15.1% year-on-year in the four weeks to Feb. 21, the fastest growth since June 2020, as the latest national lockdown curtailed spending in cafes, restaurants and bars, market researcher Kantar said on Tuesday. England entered a third national lockdown on Jan. 4 to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatened to overwhelm the health system. Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a road map out of lockdown in which outdoor-only service in restaurants and bars will not return until April 12 at the earliest.
KOTA KINABALU, March 2 — Lawyers have downplayed the effectiveness of a pre-signed letter by Sebatik assemblyman Hassan Gani Amir, which states that he would have vacated his seat after he left...
A US father-son pair accused of helping former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn in his audacious escape from Japan arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday after losing their battle against extradition, local media said.
Among other things, the technical glitch could tarnish Indian stock exchanges' reputation at a time when foreign investors have been flooding the markets and taking them to historic highs.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 ― Close to 15,000 kind-hearted donors from Malaysia and other countries raised a whopping RM1.2 million to save a premature Malaysian baby born in Singapore. The feat was...
This is the first time these works of Kusama's are being shown in Southeast Asia. You can also view the exhibition in an online viewing room.
India will go into the fourth and final test against a spin-scarred England on Thursday needing only a draw to win the series, which will also seal their spot in the June final of the inaugural World Test Championship against New Zealand. England made a bright start to the four-test series, stunning India with a 227-run victory in the opener in Chennai but then faltered as the hosts regrouped and took a 2-1 lead with comprehensive wins in the second and third matches. Virat Kohli's men completed an extraordinary 10-wicket win against England inside two days in the day-night third test in Ahmedabad with spinners from both sides running riot on a helpful surface at the world's largest cricket stadium.
PETALING JAYA, March 2 ― A young boy’s love for his sister was proven when he cried his heart out before she left for kindergarten. The siblings’ mother Siti Nor Fadhilah posted the...
Konkel, who became Scotland's first professional women's rugby union player in 2016, will resume playing at the end of her training. "I'm extremely excited to begin my training as a firefighter and see what the future holds for me as I take a break from rugby to take up this opportunity," number eight Konkel said in a statement https://www.quins.co.uk/news/jade-konkel-to-leave-harlequins-women-to-begin-training-as-a-firefighter.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Tuesday (2 March), taking the country's total case count to 59,956.
Five years ago, China under President Xi Jinping pledged to become a football power by 2050. But the financial collapse of the newly crowned Chinese champions raises fresh questions over that lofty goal.
China aims to vaccinate 40% of its population against COVID-19 by the end of July, a senior health adviser told Reuters on Tuesday, requiring a significant increase in inoculations even as it ramps up exports of vaccines. Zhong Nanshan, a coronavirus expert who helped shape China's COVID-19 response, said on Monday the current ratio of vaccine doses administered per 100 people in China is 3.56, much lower than those in Israel, United Arab Emirates and the United States. In an online forum held by China's Tsinghua University and the Washington-based Brookings Institution on Monday, Zhong said the target was 40% by the end of June, citing his contacts at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
China will give 800,000 shots of coronavirus vaccine to Nepal, its ambassador said, up from half a million promised earlier. The gift is to support Nepal’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Hou Yanqi said in a Twitter post late on Monday. India has already gifted a million shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine that it makes to help its Himalayan neighbour kick off its immunisation programme in January.
The coronavirus pandemic could cost China the equivalent of 2.7 per cent of its gross domestic product this year, although the economy may still grow by over 8 per cent, according to a new study by Chinese and American researchers. The industrial and processing sectors are likely to bear the brunt of the impact, with coal, ore, metal, electricity, gas and food producers expected to see the value of their output fall by between 2.8 and 5.4 per cent, said the team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Centre for Forecasting Science and the University of Kansas. China’s ‘two sessions’: Beijing set to signal post-Covid economic confidence Sectors and companies that were closely linked to the global economy would be the worst affected, the researchers said in a peer-reviewed paper published in China Economic Review on Saturday.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. They forecast the total cost of the pandemic to China in 2021 at between 1.2 and 2.7 per cent of GDP. Based on the value of its economy in 2020 – 101.6 trillion yuan (US$15.7 trillion) – that would represent between 1.2 trillion and 2.7 trillion yuan. Despite the potential costs of the health crisis, the country was still well placed to record strong economic growth this year, the study said. “China’s economy could achieve growth of up to 8.1 per cent in 2021,” it said. Beijing imposed sweeping lockdowns in early 2020 after the coronavirus was first identified in the central city of Wuhan. The move cost it the equivalent of 3.5 per cent of its GDP in the year as thousands of businesses – especially those in the retail, transport, food and beverage, hospitality and other service sectors – saw their sales and profits slump, the study said. The worst of the damage was reported in the first quarter, however, and by the end of the year, the economy had recovered to record 2.8 per cent year-on-year growth, down from 6 per cent 12 months earlier. China’s provinces set confident economic growth targets for 2021 The biggest threat to China’s economy in 2021 would be “international price shocks”, according to the study, which was led by professors Yang Cuihong and Cai Zongwu from the Centre for Forecasting Science. Many countries had sought to shore up their economies by printing large amounts of cash, which had caused inflation and pushed up the prices of commodities and raw materials, they said. As a result, many Chinese manufacturers – especially those that serve developing nations – would have to take a financial hit as they would be unable to pass on the price increases to their customers. Many of China’s biggest regional trading partners, including South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia nations, would also feel the impact of the slump in GDP, the study said, adding that Australia, the European Union and the United States would also be affected, but to a lesser extent. Despite the researchers’ forecasts, an economist from Tsinghua University in Beijing said the complexities of China’s and the global economy meant that using macroeconomic models to forecast trends was not an exact science. “An unexpected twist of the pandemic such as mutation can bring a lot of uncertainties into their results,” said the person, who asked not to be named. Yang and Cai said their model consisted of more than 100 equations that simulated activity and interactions related to supply and demand, foreign trade and investment, fiscal policies and financial markets. Before the pandemic, the model had predicted China’s economic growth with more than 90 per cent accuracy, they said The study’s forecast of 8.1 per cent growth in 2021 is in line with figures put forward by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.More from South China Morning Post:China GDP: economy ends coronavirus-ravaged year with strong growth surgeChina’s provinces set confident economic growth targets for 2021China’s ‘two sessions’: Beijing set to signal post-Covid economic confidenceChina GDP: ‘necessary’ for Beijing to go against expectations and set 2021 economic growth targetChina GDP: coronavirus helped Chinese economy trim US$1 trillion from gap with US in 2020This article Coronavirus could cost China US$417 billion in 2021, researchers say first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has called for the Special Committee on Covid-19 vaccine supply to review its categorisation of frontliners and vaccinate all health...
You can shop the collection from today onwards at Sephora Singapore, and prices start from S$24 for a Tea Rose eye mask set to S$120 for a brush set.
KUCHING, March 2 — The Sarawak government launched today Malaysia’s first-ever public bus running on electric power in Kuching City. State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim...
Travis Perkins, Britain's biggest seller of building materials, has restarted the process of demerging its Wickes home improvement business, it said on Tuesday. "The Wickes digitally led model has proved highly effective during the pandemic and the business is in great shape to embark on its journey as a standalone entity," said CEO Nick Roberts. However, the group said Wickes took market share in the do-it-yourself (DIY) market with like-for-like revenue growth of 19.3%.