Singapore Airlines (SIA) will resume its flights to New York, the airline said on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The non-stop thrice-weekly flights between Changi Airport and New York's John F Kennedy (JFK) airport will start on Nov. 9, 2020. SIA announced this development amid "early signs of optimism" of a recovery in air travel. “Operating to JFK International Airport would allow Singapore Airlines to better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate,” SIA said. SIA added that the flights will also cater to the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Changi Airport. It anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms, SIA said. It will be the only non-stop air cargo link from the U.S. Northeast to Singapore, SIA added. SIA currently operates non-stop services to Los Angeles. The ... » Learn More about Singapore Airlines to restart flights to New York on Nov. 9, 2020
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Philippine opposition senator Leila de Lima marked her 1,000th day in prison on November 20, 2019. Prior to the 2016 elections, it didn’t seem likely that she would spend years in jail. After all, she was a seasoned lawyer who served as the chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) until 2010 and as secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) until 2015. This track record helped her secure a senatorial seat in the 2016 elections . But a lot has changed in that span of time – not only in the country's politics but also on social media. Networked websites on social media spread numerous claims discrediting De Lima's credentials and ethics. While many of these claims have been found false or misleading, they were nevertheless deliberately amplified by the same set of connected Facebook pages. These viral claims against De Lima that were often disguised as "news" started sprouting in 2016. That year, the aspiring senator was a ... » Learn More about Premeditated murder: The character assassination of Leila de Lima
The following is a press release from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Their statements are their own. Bangkok, 23 July 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to report that the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) at its meeting yesterday (22 July 2021) approved in principle a proposal that would allow tourists to Phuket to extend their stay under new, revised requirements. The proposal seeks to allow tourists visiting under the Phuket Sandbox program to extend their trip on a 7+7 basis. That is, they could stay in Phuket for 7 days and then visit another of the pilot destinations in which Thailand is reopening to tourism for at least 7 days, effective from 1 August 2021. The other pilot destinations proposed are Surat Thani (Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai, and Railay Beach), and Phang Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao). Under the current Phuket Sandbox requirements, tourists must first stay in Phuket for 14 nights ... » Learn More about TAT’s extended ‘Phuket + Surat Thani/Krabi/Phang Nga Sandbox’ model gets in-principle approval
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency startup Solidus Labs has hired the former director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as its top regulatory official, she told Reuters. Kathy Kraninger is the latest former Trump administration official to land in the booming digital currency industry as it beefs up on legal expertise and Washington connections amid increasing regulatory scrutiny. Founded in 2017 by former Goldman Sachs employees, New York-based Solidus Labs provides cryptocurrency trading surveillance and risk monitoring tools. Its backers include private equity firms Evolution Equity Partners and Hanaco Ventures. Kraninger will lead and build out Solidus Labs' regulatory team, spending most of her time working with regulators, U.S. lawmakers and traditional institutions to explain how digital markets can be effectively policed, she said in an interview. Her career in government, including helping to set up the Department of Homeland Security and ... » Learn More about Exclusive-Former top U.S. consumer regulator joins crypto risk monitoring firm
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants to get rid of public bidding in implementing big-ticket projects, and instead apply a Swiss challenge, to help eliminate corruption in government. But under the country's build-operate-transfer (BOT) and procurement laws, not all projects can be implemented via Swiss challenge – the course the government takes when dealing with unsolicited proposals. This is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. "Swiss challenge is allowed under the BOT Law , in the case of an unsolicited proposal. It is, however, not allowed under the Government Procurement Act," Rene Santiago, a transportation expert and president of Bellwether Advisory Services, told Rappler in an e-mail correspondence. According to Republic Act 7718, or the Philippine BOT Law and its implementing rules and regulations, infrastructure projects listed as ... » Learn More about EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge
Bandung City, West Java province Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Indonesia is fast becoming a viable destination for foreign investors, with both a large domestic middle-class consumer market of about 52 million – or about 20 percent of the total population. These 52 million accounts for 43 percent of Indonesia’s total household consumption. China, with an eye on shifting labor-intensive manufacturing to other nearby countries in order to boost its own economy and move up the value chain, is well aware of this – and also wants the Indonesian domestic manufacturing market to sell to its own increasing affluent consumer society. To make sure that happens, at least from the China perspective, Chinese officials have been very active in bringing Indonesia on board as part of its Belt & Road Initiative. Just last month, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Indonesia’s Coordinator for Cooperation with China and Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in North ... » Learn More about Investment Infrastructure Projects in Indonesia Contributing to Improved Manufacturing Capability
In France police deployed teargas and water cannon against some protesters PARIS - More than 100,000 people protested in Australia, France, Italy and Greece on Saturday, sparking clashes with police as they railed against Covid-19 measures and government sanctions against the unvaccinated aimed at prodding more people into getting jabs. Dozens of protesters were arrested after an unauthorised march in Sydney, with the city's police minister branding those who took part as "morons". Organisers had dubbed the protest a "freedom" rally. Attendees carried signs and banners reading "Wake up Australia" and "Drain the Swamp". In France, where police deployed teargas and water cannon against some protesters, an estimated 160,000 took to the streets in nationwide protests against President Emmanuel Macron's health pass that will drastically curtail access to restaurants and public spaces for unvaccinated people. - 'Don't touch our children' - "Freedom, freedom", chanted ... » Learn More about Big protests mark global anger at Covid restrictions
COMMENTARY: The explosion of the Covid-19 clusters linked to KTV lounges in Singapore, as well as Jurong Fishery Port, may seem unsurprising on hindsight given the locations involved. But could it have been avoided? July 12. That was when the Ministry of Health (MOH) first said that they are investigating cases of Covid-19 infection among Vietnamese social hostesses who had frequented KTV lounges. Several days later on July 16 , MOH first announced the Jurong Fishery Port/Hong Lim Market cluster. Fishmongers who had visited the port had mingled with other market stallholders after returning to their wet market stalls, resulting in even more cases at markets all over the island. In a span of slightly over a week, the KTV lounge cluster swelled to over 200, while the Jurong Fishery Port cluster has grown to a total of over 300 cases, as of July 20. Clusters believed to be linked. But how? The explosion of both clusters within the same timeframe ... » Learn More about The KTV & Jurong Fishery Port clusters have exploded. Could this have been avoided?
MANILA, Philippines – When 17-year-old Kian delos Santos was killed defenseless by Caloocan cops, his family could point to only one credible witness to recount what happened: a CCTV camera. It was installed by barangay officials near the community basketball court, where cops in civilian clothes dragged the boy across, thus capturing the incident. Delos Santos' case led to the complete overhaul of the Caloocan City Police. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa called his death an overkill. With the irregularity of Delos Santos' case being the first to be unearthed through film out of almost 4,000 drug-related deaths recorded by the police, questions have been raised: Could there have been others before him? What if cameras recorded all the operations? Even better, why not strap those cameras to cops themselves? These questions made their way to the halls of Congress, with lawmakers in both the House and the Senate ... » Learn More about Will body cameras solve alleged police abuse in the drug war?