The SNP says independence will create a "fairer, more prosperous nation"
The SNP says independence will create a "fairer, more prosperous nation"
A former Myanmar beauty queen has joined ethnic rebels to take up arms against the country's military junta, posting photos of herself with an assault rifle.
Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s vaccine is wiping out Covid-19 among health workers in Indonesia, an encouraging sign for the dozens of developing countries reliant on the controversial Chinese shot, which performed far worse than western vaccines in clinical trials.
Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority is proposing the construction of an airport in the disputed Spratly Islands, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.
Education Ministry says next course of action depends on the outcome of the investigation. This article, ‘Rape joke’ teacher moved to Selangor Education Department pending police probe: Edu Ministry, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
Singapore has reverted to Phase 2 conditions to tackle an increase in COVID-19 community cases. Here’s what it means for leisure and travel plans. A sense of deja vu reverberated around Singapore on 8 May, as the country returned to Phase 2 conditions to curb […] The post Phase 2 Returns: How Will This Affect Flights, Staycations & Cruises? appeared first on SingSaver Blog - We Compare, You Save.
India is calling on China to help stop surging prices and increase cargo flights to get urgently needed supplies to the pandemic-ravaged country. Indian companies have sourced oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies from their Chinese counterparts but have been hit with prices at more than double the usual rate, while cargo flights between the two countries have yet to return to previous levels. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. India’s envoy in Hong Kong Priyanka Chauhan said price instability and transport disruptions had affected moves to ramp up production in India to deal with its recent surge in coronavirus cases, and the Chinese government could step in. “What I would like say is that our expectation at this point is that the supply chain should remain open and product prices should remain stable,” she said in an interview with the South China Morning Post. “Even if there is a little bit of supply demand pressure, there has to be some stability and predictability to product prices. And there has to be a sense of governmental level support and efforts. I don’t have the information as to how much influence the Chinese government can have in this matter but if they can, then it would be welcome.” India is grappling with the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreak. Daily cases rose by 329,942 on Tuesday, while deaths from the disease increased by 3,876, according to the health ministry. The surge has left the country scrambling for medical supplies and professionals to care for the growing numbers of patients. A number of countries have also slapped bans on travellers from India. Chauhan said she appreciated the need for travel bans based on public health concerns, but added that India was asking China to facilitate cargo flights so that supplies could be delivered. State-owned Sichuan Airlines Logistics suspended cargo flights to India for 15 days last month in response to the surge, which the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India warned would have a cascading effect on supply chains. The council also appealed to India’s envoy in Beijing to press for a resumption in flights. How missteps led India into an oxygen shortage amid a Covid-19 surge Chauhan said a phone conversation between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in April had helped with the clearance and approval of cargo flights, but they had not returned to the same frequency as before the second wave. She suggested higher level assurances to officials giving clearance to flights could help. “Unreasonable control should be avoided, and transport linkages should be maintained.” China’s efforts have been largely confined to private companies and donations from the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, while other nations have pledged government help. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Japan would contribute US$50 million in additional aid to India. Chauhan commended the “friendship that we have seen from the international community”, pointing to more than 50 countries that have supported India by sending supplies. When asked whether there should be more government-level cooperation between China and India during the pandemic for more of a guarantee on price stability and supply chain, Chauhan said India would be open to discussing the issue to see if a better mechanism could be agreed. India has been a key member of the US-led Quad alliance, which also includes Australia and Japan and is seen as a bid to counter China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region. At a summit in March, the alliance pledged to deliver a billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine throughout the Indo-Pacific by the end of 2022. India, with its giant pharmaceutical industry, is key to the initiative. Hyderabad-based Biological E Ltd was scaling up capacity to produce at least a billion doses by the end of 2022, and the Serum Institute of India was slated to prove more than a billion doses to Covax Facility, the World Health Organization’s programme for equitable access. These commitments are on hold as India’s second wave has forced a stop to its vaccine exports. Chauhan said India was boosting vaccine supply and production, and looking at other vaccines not produced in India, including Russia’s Sputnik and Pfizer. “Once this phase is over, we will go back to producing for the world again,” she said.More from South China Morning Post:Coronavirus: Chinese firms see surge in demand from India for medical oxygen devicesIndia’s Covid-19 surge dashes hopes of world reopening at once: Chinese expertChina labels India, Australia, Japan supply chain plan as ‘artificial’ and ‘unfavourable’ to global economyThis article India envoy asks China to help stop price surging of Covid-19 supplies first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
In response to a colleague who poked him in the eyebrow, a cook slashed the man’s forehead with a meat cleaver, causing his skull to be exposed.
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A 48-year-old Hong Kong woman struggled with an intruder she found in her upscale Mid-Levels flat before daybreak on Tuesday but failed to stop him from fleeing with about HK$2.7 million (US$348,000) in valuables and cash. As of midday, a citywide manhunt was still under way for the burglar and an accomplice who helped him climb onto the first floor of the 20-storey Piccadilly Mansion on Po Shan Road shortly before 4am. According to police, the burglar scaled the building up a drainpipe and climbed into the victim’s fourth-floor flat through the window of a toilet while his accomplice acted as lookout on a nearby hillside.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The break-in came to light when the tenant was woken up by the sounds of the burglar ransacking her 2,499 sq ft flat. “The struggle erupted when she … found a black-clad burglar in the study room,” a police source said. “The culprit managed to run off during the scuffle and ran into a toilet connected to the study room, from which he climbed out the window to escape.” Police arrived after receiving a call from her at about 4.07am. Officers scouted the area, but no arrests were made. According to police, the two suspects are about 1.7 metres tall. Jewellery and watches initially estimated to be worth HK$2.7 million were stolen along with nearly HK$4,000 in cash. Detectives from the Central criminal investigation unit have checked security camera footage to gather evidence. Hong Kong police arrest three during bungled burglary in New Territories On May 2, two mainland Chinese men believed to be behind a series of burglaries in the New Territories were among three people arrested at the Tuen Mun scene of a bungled break-in during which two police officers drew their guns. Officers are investigating whether the two mainland suspects had ties to a notorious rural gang operating in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Both were surnamed Wei, according to police, a name shared by many villagers there. According to police, 63 mainlanders who entered Hong Kong illegally were arrested in connection with various crimes last year, up 53.7 per cent from the year before. In 2020, police handled 2,095 reports of burglary across the city, down 12.5 per cent from 2,394 cases in 2019.This article Burglar escapes upscale Hong Kong flat with HK$2.7 million in valuables, cash after struggle with female tenant first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The Philippine military will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to fund a logistics hub on Thitu Island, its chief General Cirilito Sobejana said
China’s internet regulator has said it has overseen the deletion of more than 2 million posts containing “harmful” discussion of history, amid preparations to mark the Communist Party’s centenary in July. “For a while, some people have disseminated harmful information with historical nihilism on the internet, under the guise of reflection and declassification,” said Wen Youhua, a division director at the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), during a press conference in Beijing on Saturday. “Historical nihilism” is a term coined by the Chinese government that refers to discussion or research that challenges its official version of history.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. President Xi Jinping reiterated in February that the party opposed historical nihilism as he ordered a campaign to study party history before the July 1 centenary. Wen said the deleted posts had “polluted” the online environment and his office had launched a specific campaign for the centenary. “Since the beginning of the campaign, we have lawfully dealt with a large number of [social media] accounts that disseminated historical nihilism,” he said. “[We] have urged various websites to delete more than 2 million posts that violated laws or regulations.” New textbook stirs debate by saying Cultural Revolution led to ‘disaster’ The CAC’s website invites people to report posts that “distort” the history of the party, or China since the party’s rule began in 1949. Other criteria given include “attacks on the party leadership”, “slandering heroes” and vilification of traditional Chinese culture. Marking the centenary has been identified as the party’s most important political task this year and Xi has promised a “grand celebration”. Officials across the country have been told to ensure “social stability”. The party has stepped up efforts to educate members and the public about its history, with several films and television dramas on the subject being broadcast. The campaign will cover party history since its 1921 origins, but focus heavily on “historic successes” achieved since 2012, Xi said in February. Xi became the party’s leader that year. In various speeches since then, Xi has linked discussion of history to the party’s legitimacy. In a 2013 address, he accused unnamed “hostile forces” of undermining the party’s rule by challenging its official account of the past. He has also acknowledged the party has made mistakes in the past, including the Cultural Revolution, a decade of political upheaval ordered in 1966 by Mao Zedong that lasted until his death. But Xi has described uncontrolled public discussion of such events as a threat to the party’s rule, and said it was partly responsible for the collapse of the former Soviet Union.More from South China Morning Post:Xi Jinping says China is ‘invincible’, regardless of challenges ahead‘Red tourism’ in China ahead of Communist Party centenary appears rampant … but with borders shut, where else is there to go?Will China’s jeers cost it the international moral high ground?Still taboo in mainland China: the Cultural Revolution as seen through the lens of Li ZhenshengThis article China deletes 2 million online posts for ‘historical nihilism’ as Communist Party centenary nears first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (12 May) confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 61,419.
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Hong Kong eased its strict 21-day mandatory hotel quarantine for most vaccinated travellers on Wednesday, while health authorities have released a list of 10 approved coronavirus vaccines for inbound arrivals. Five Chinese-made and produced vaccines were among those on the approved list, including the single-dose, protein-based vaccine from Sinopharm which has two versions – one developed by the Beijing Institute and another in partnership with the Wuhan Institute. The Sinopharm vaccine was the only Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine approved for emergency use worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO) as of last Friday.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. CanSino Biologics’ single-dose jab, developed in partnership with China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, and the three-shot vaccine developed by Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical and the Institute of Medical Biology at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences were also on the list. Hong Kong will also recognise the vaccination records of travellers inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac jabs, which were also being administered in the city’s inoculation drive. Sinovac has been approved for emergency use in Hong Kong, and other places such as the Philippines and Thailand, but is not on the WHO’s list. The two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine, produced by the British-Swedish company and designed by the University of Oxford, and the single-dose coronavirus vaccines developed by J&J’s unit Janssen are also included, as is the Moderna vaccine developed by the US-based company, which uses the same mRNA technology as the one from Pfizer-BioNTech. Hong Kong has also included the two-dose Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the locally produced version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs. Singapore, which is slated to launch the quarantine-free travel bubble with Hong Kong on May 26, is administering both the Moderna and BioNTech vaccine in its inoculation drive. Woman got 4 doses of Pfizer vaccine by mistake Local health authorities announced last Friday that the 21-day hotel quarantine period for inbound arrivals would be shortened starting on Wednesday, depending on the risk classification of countries in their recent travel history. Under the new measures, fully inoculated people arriving from low-risk countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore must undergo seven days of hotel quarantine and another seven of self-monitoring. A Covid-19 test on the 12th day after arrival will also be mandatory. Vaccinated travellers from medium- and high-risk countries, such as the United States, Canada, France, Germany and the United Arab Emirates, will now have to do 14 days of hotel quarantine, plus seven of self-monitoring, with compulsory tests on the 16th and 19th day. But there were no exemptions for the fully vaccinated arriving from very high-risk countries, such as Ireland and Britain, who will still have to do the full three weeks in quarantine. Meanwhile, flights from extremely high-risk countries such as Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa remain suspended. All travellers will also have to test negative for the virus, and be able to show certificates proving they have been fully vaccinated, though there will be no antibody testing requirements upon arrival. The city’s 21-day mandatory hotel quarantine for all inbound travellers – one of the longest isolation requirements in the world – was implemented on Christmas Day when coronavirus variants began to emerge in Britain and Brazil in a move to limit the number of imported infections carrying mutant strains. More Covid-19 testing for Hong Kong helpers ordered, mandatory vaccination shelved So far, more than 260 Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong, most of which were imported, have been found to carry the mutated strains of the virus. Separately, all Hong Kong residents living in mainland China have been allowed to return to the city since April 29 without undergoing 14-day quarantine if they test negative for the coronavirus under an easing of some cross-border measures. The one-way arrangement under the “Return2HK” scheme was expanded to include a quota of 1,000 people through Hong Kong International Airport from mainland China, on top of the existing daily quotas for crossing via the Shenzhen Bay Port and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge of 3,000 and 2,000 per day, respectively.More from South China Morning Post:Coronavirus: Hong Kong to overhaul Covid-19 testing at quarantine hotels to improve quality controlSingapore imposes 21-day quarantine on most travellers, closes gyms to manage flare-up in Covid-19 casesThis article Coronavirus: Hong Kong releases list of 10 vaccines approved for travellers arriving in city, eases strict quarantine rules first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Actor ✔️ Husband ✔️ Father ✔️ Calling Andrew Yang ‘an actual twat’ ✔️🔥😍 This article, Henry Golding calls Andrew Yang a ‘twat’ for supporting Israel, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
Wednesday's vote by House Republicans over ousting anti-Trump conservative Liz Cheney from her leadership role will almost certainly confirm that the party out of power in Washington is casting its lot with the former US president.
The main obstacle for drivers interested in getting on board with this new generation of cars is the fact that the price of electric vehicles is expected to drop considerably in the years to come. The tipping point should come, at the latest, in 2027. At that time, these cars are set to become, on average, less expensive than equivalent gasoline and diesel models.
He was a bespectacled, chess-playing lover of literature who lived in a sprawling chateau.
The editorial independence of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) journalists is a "given", said Khaw Boon Wan, chairman-designate of SPH Media, on Wednesday (12 May).