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Malaysia's King rejects PM Muhyiddin’s state of emergency plan

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, on Sunday (Oct 25) declined to declare a state of emergency in the country at this time, after meeting other state rulers to discuss Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s proposal for emergency measures to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. “The government has managed the pandemic well and effectively and the King believes […]

Collect TraceTogether tokens at nearest CC, no rush necessary: Vivian Balakrishnan

SINGAPORE – There is no need for Singaporeans to rush to collect the TraceTogether tokens, said Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan on Sunday (Oct 25). The contact tracing devices can currently be collected at 38 community centres, but will be available at all 108 community centres by the end of next month. […]

Caregiver burnout: What it is and how to manage stress

SINGAPORE – Caregiver burnout refers to a point where a caregiver reaches his or her threshold, leading to physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. According to Dr Annabelle Chow, principal clinical psychologist at Annabelle Psychology, signs of burnout include the lack of energy even with sufficient rest, having trouble relaxing, and insomnia or hypersomnia, where there […]

Man in critical condition after shark attack at Australia's Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – A 59-year-old man is in critical condition after a shark attacked him on Sunday (Oct 25) at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, near the north Queensland city of Townsville, rescuers said. Paramedics airlifted the man from Britomart Reef to Townsville Hospital, where he is being treated for critical wounds. The man had been […]

China's Kashgar launches testing, closes schools after coronavirus case

BEIJING (REUTERS) – Kashgar in north-western China’s Xinjiang region are closing schools for a week and carrying out a city-wide coronavirus test, officials said on Sunday (Oct 25) after one person was found to have the virus that causes Covid-19. A 17-year-old girl was found on Saturday to have the virus but no symptoms of […]

ANA Holdings to slash 3,500 jobs, transfer workers: report

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – ANA Holdings Inc. will cut about 3,500 jobs by fiscal year 2022, and will seek to temporarily transfer employees to Toyota Motor Corp. and other automakers, Japanese media Yomiuri reported, without saying where it got the information. The Japanese carrier will announce a business plan on Oct 27 that includes the cutbacks […]

Thai protests fuelled by discontent towards Prayut, poll shows

BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) – Growing public disapproval of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s performance is fuelling the anti-government protests sweeping the South-east Asian nation, according to an opinion poll. More than 62 per cent of participants in a survey last week said discontent with Mr Prayut was the key reason for the recent demonstrations, the poll by Suan […]

Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, head of South Korea’s biggest conglomerate, dies at 78

SEOUL (AFP) -Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee died at the age of 78 on Sunday (Oct 25) , the company said. Under Mr Lee’s leadership, Samsung rose to become the world’s largest producer of smartphones and memory chips, and the firm’s overall turnover today is equivalent to a fifth of South Korea’s gross domestic product.  […]

Surge in appetite for risk on Bursa Malaysia despite Covid-19-hit economy

KUALA LUMPUR – A month into Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO), during which economic activity came to almost a standstill, software business owner Ariff Azraai was saddled with a mountain of bills. As clients were deferring projects and payments, the 28-year-old took the decision to cash out unit trusts, which he expected would tank with […]