More than 2,100 nightclubs, hostess bars and discos in Seoul, South Korea have been shut down after 17 new Covid-19 cases emerged and are all linked to one 29-year-old man. He visited five clubs in Seoul's Itaewon district on Saturday, May 3, before testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The man did not wear a mask inside the venues, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The closures come after 18 fresh infections were confirmed in the 24 hours to midnight on Friday -- all except one case was linked to the man. Thousands at risk Initial visitors lists reveal that there were more than 1,500 customers combined in three of those premises on Saturday. Health authorities then warned of a further spike in infections, with around 7,200 people estimated to have visited the five establishments. Subsequently, it was confirmed that there were another 16 cases in the city, taking the total linked to clubbers to 40. They included 27 in Seoul, ... » Learn More about South Korea man linked to 17 new Covid-19 cases, resulted in 2,000 bars shutting in Seoul
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Three years ago, way before anyone knew what would be in store in 2020, Singaporean writer and photographer Prashant Ashoka bought a one-way ticket to Mexico. Then 28, the avid traveller left Singapore with just two suitcases of his belongings and moved into a small rented apartment in Mexico City, wanting to go on a completely new adventure and risking it all to build a new life for himself. By the time he was featured in The Straits Times in 2018, he had already spent 10 months in the Latin American country, making a living by freelancing for lifestyle publications. It was also revealed that he was in the midst of designing and building a house in the mountainous regions of Bajio in central Mexico. On Monday (Sept 28), Prashant showcased the results of his architectural project — a sustainably-built house he dubbed Casa Etérea. And according to pictures he shared in a Facebook post, it is gorgeous. “Alluding to this quality of the building, the name ‘Etérea’ translates ... » Learn More about Young Singaporean migrates to Mexico, builds Instagram-worthy house on extinct volcano
Remember Ella? No, not the "ella, ella, eh, eh, eh" of Rihanna's hit single many moons ago. We're talking about the robotic barista that can whip up 200 cups of coffee in an hour. Recently, news broke that this efficient brainchild of local start-up Crown Technologies headed by CEO Keith Tan has secured investments to be deployed at selected JR East train stations in time for the Olympics in Japan. Wah. Seh. Other than Ella and Keith who have put our Little Red Dot on the world map, a couple of other Singaporeans have made global headlines for their outstanding achievements in the past year: one heads a world-renowned restaurant, and another has built an architectural marvel on top of an extinct volcano. Read on and be very inspired. Keith Tan Who dat ? Keith is the 41-year-old CEO of Crown Group and former wealth manager turned entrepreneur, and the brains behind Singapore’s first fully autonomous robotic barista. More impressively, he has plans for Ella to even ... » Learn More about They put Singapore on the world map despite pandemic
(AFP) LONDON, United Kingdom – European stock markets ran out of steam on Friday, despite gains elsewhere, as investors continued to dwell on inflationary concerns, dealers said. London stocks edged 0.2 percent higher near midday, while Frankfurt and Paris each dropped about 0.2 percent in eurozone early afternoon deals. Markets had jumped Thursday after the Bank of England (BoE) became the latest major central bank to maintain ultra-low interest rates, echoing the views of the US Federal Reserve and its fellow institution in the eurozone that inflationary spikes are only temporary. Traders have for months worried that the blistering global recovery will fan price increases and force rate hikes — but central bankers have sought to downplay inflation. ‘Indecisive mood’ “Today has seen a return to the indecisive mood evident throughout much of the week, with yesterday’s boost courtesy of the BoE proving short-lived,” said IG analyst Joshua Mahony. “That BoE meeting did ... » Learn More about European equities run out of steam before weekend
AT A GLANCE Only 56% of the flagship infrastructure projects in the government's revised list are expected to be completed by 2022, Duterte's last year in office The government counts on Build, Build, Build to fuel the country's economic recovery from the pandemic, but it will rely on loans to fund many of the projects DOTr and DPWH, the two agencies that are implementing most of the projects, have been underspending their respective budgets. This led to the slow execution of the program Are we anywhere near the touted "golden age of infrastructure" now that 4 years of the Duterte administration have gone by? President Rodrigo Duterte and his economic managers launched the ambitious P8.4-trillion infrastructure program in 2017 to reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth, and reduce congestion in Metro Manila. The messaging was clear: Build, Build, Build will be Duterte's legacy . Since then, the government has repeatedly boasted of the program's ... » Learn More about With 2 years left in Duterte’s term, where are we on Build, Build, Build?
Loo Boon Chong has pleaded guilty on Monday (Dec. 14) to obstructing justice by discarding a blood-stained shirt belonging to a co-accused involved in the 2019 Orchard Towers murder. The 27-year-old is one of the seven people originally charged with the murder. However, he had his murder charge reduced on Jul. 11, 2019 to consorting with a person possessing an offensive weapon, which will be taken into consideration for sentencing. According to CNA , Loo had admitted that he threw away the blood-stained shirt belonging to the co-accused, Tan Sen Yang, who is still the only one facing a murder charge . Loo has also pleaded guilty to a second unrelated gambling charge, as reported by The Straits Times . He will return to court on Jan. 15, 2021 for sentencing. Was part of group involved in dispute at Orchard Towers According to court documents seen by Mothership , Loo had been drinking with his friends in Orchard Road at 5am on July 2, 2019. The ... » Learn More about Orchard Towers murder: Man, 27, admits he threw away co-accused’s blood-stained shirt
Amid the ever-increasing number of Covid-19 cases emerging from migrant worker dormitories, a forum letter writer has decided to give their take on the situation. The forum letter was published by Lianhe Zaobao (LHZB) on Apr. 13. Titled "No need for pointless criticism during a pandemic", the piece — written by one Li Shiwan — urged readers not to blame the government for the current Covid-19 outbreak in migrant worker dormitories. Instead, migrant workers themselves, wrote Li, have to take personal responsibility for their poor personal hygiene. Many migrant workers come from backward countries and they bring their living habits here, said Li. This includes eating with their hands, eating under the trees and on the grass, and gathering together to drink and chat. "Unless one changes their bad personal hygiene habits, they will bring these bad habits everywhere they go," Li wrote. "The number of Covid-19 cases involving migrant workers have increased greatly. ... » Learn More about Covid-19 outbreak in dorms due to migrant workers’ poor hygiene & bad habits: Zaobao forum letter
AT A GLANCE MANILA, Philippines – From a reluctant presidential candidate to someone at the helm of the country for 5 years – simply put, that’s what President Benigno Aquino III has been. With only a year left in Malacanang, has he fulfilled his promises from his 2010 campaign? Aquino’s "Social Contract with the Filipino People" was the platform of his campaign. The document includes a 16-point agenda aimed at creating social and structural change. Rappler reviewed this document to determine how he has fared as president. We classified these 16 points into 7 groups: Corruption, Economy, Poverty, Justice, Overseas Filipino Workers, Peace and Order, and Environment. CORRUPTION From a president who tolerates corruption to a president who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption. 'Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap' This has been the battle cry of Aquino since the 2010 ... » Learn More about Part 1: Did Aquino deliver on his promises?