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Domestic tourism to Singapore's east coast to be promoted: DPM Heng

SINGAPORE – Drawing local visitors to the “many hidden gems” on Singapore’s east coast is something that grassroots organisations in East Coast GRC are looking to do, by working with government agencies to showcase them, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Saturday (Aug 15). Mr Heng had earlier toured the constituency, accompanied by […]

Husband punches shark to save wife in Australia attack

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – A man jumped onto a great white shark and punched it to save his wife when it attacked her on Saturday (Aug 15) at a beach in Port Macquarie in the Australian state of New South Wales, media and officials said. The Sydney Morning Herald said that Chantelle Doyle, 35, was attacked […]

Tokyo's new coronavirus cases top 300 for second straight day

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – New coronavirus cases in Tokyo topped 300 for the second straight day on Saturday (Aug 15), according to government data. The city’s new infections totalled 385, down slightly from 389 on Friday. Patients in their 20s were the biggest group, accounting for 120 new cases, followed by 84 people in their 30s. […]

Philippine security forces on 'alert' for reprisals after arresting Abu Sayyaf militant

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine security forces were on alert Saturday (Aug 15) for possible reprisal attacks after arresting a key leader of an Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS)-linked militant group accused of kidnapping and beheading several foreigners. Abduljihad Susukan, also known as Idang Susukan, is a member of Abu Sayyaf. He was detained […]

Port resilient amid Covid-19 pandemic as container throughput remains robust

Unlike Changi Airport, the sea port of Singapore has been more resilient amid the Covid-19 pandemic as it stays open to the movement of container boxes of cargo. Container throughput in the first half of this year has remained robust compared with the same period last year, dipping to 17.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) […]

Coronavirus: Probe blames NSW health officials for spread of infection from ship

SYDNEY • Health officials in Australia’s most populous state made “unjustifiable” and “inexcusable” mistakes which allowed cruise ship passengers with Covid-19 to disembark in central Sydney, an inquiry said yesterday. Carnival Corporation’s Ruby Princess was, for a time, Australia’s biggest single source of infection, with more than 600 cases and over 20 deaths linked directly […]

BoE's Haldane says UK economy on path to rapid recovery: Daily Mail op-ed

(Reuters) – The UK economy is on course for a rapid recovery from the coronavirus crisis as strong consumer spending has helped recoup nearly half the losses caused by the pandemic, Bank Of England chief economist Andy Haldane said in an op-ed in the Daily Mail on Saturday. “Economic activity in the UK is not […]

Kim Jong Un replaces premier as flooding hits economy

SEOUL • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un replaced the premier he named about a year ago and lifted a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong, put in place on concerns that a former defector who crossed back from South Korea brought the coronavirus with him. The moves announced in state media reports yesterday […]