HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): Many businesses in HCM City’s ‘green zones’ (safe zones) that have been allowed to reopen since Sept 15 have adopted flexible models to meet the market’s new requirements. Tùng Minh, owner of a store that sells imported fruits in District 7, said the first thing he did on reopening his store was to start investing in online infrastructure and building a network of potential online customers. The store has started to receive orders via phone and website, he said. It connects closely with loyal customers, and through them introduces and markets its products to their relatives, friends and neighbours, he said. It also digitises product images, prices and origins to enable people to shop online, he added. Thanh Tâm, owner of a shop that sells processed and packaged foods in Củ Chi District, said he has switched to receiving orders by phone and customers could come to pick up their products or get delivery at home. "By receiving ... » Learn More about As Ho Chi Minh City reopens, businesses realise flexible is the way to go
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Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021. – Many LGBTQ Afghans are haunted by the Taliban’s brutally repressive reign from 1996 to 2001 when gay men were stoned to death or crushed by toppled walls as punishment. The militants have not officially commented on the subject since they overran Kabul on August 15, 2021, but former senior judge Gul Rahim told Germany’s Bild newspaper that the death penalty would return. (Photo by – / AFP) / TO GO WITH ‘Afghanistan-Taliban-LGBTQ’ Kabul, Afghanistan — As an Afghan transgender woman, Radwin has suffered brutal sexual violence on the streets and even rejection by her family. But with the Taliban back in power, she fears she will be killed because of her identity — and she is desperate to flee the country. Trans people like Radwin have long been among the most marginalized in Afghanistan, where discrimination against the LGBTQ community ... » Learn More about ‘No future’: Trans woman fears death under Taliban
Presidential aspirant Isko Moreno has been on the receiving end of criticism for what people call fence-sitting or a lack of categorical answers when it comes to issues like Leila de Lima and the Duterte war on drugs. He’s been called “Duterte Lite” or “Duterte 2.0” as people speculate that his lack of clarity is proof that he is a puppet being controlled by President Rodrigo Duterte or that he would adopt his controversial policies if elected into Malacañang. Then there’s the sneering at a man once invited by opposition coalition 1Sambayan and suspected of being impostor who does not represent the “true opposition.” Veteran journalist and Inquirer columnist John Nery wrote that there's no way Isko can now be considered an opposition candidate. Two political analysts say fence-sitting is nothing new and Moreno likely won’t be the only candidate to be accused of this in the months ahead. With President Duterte still enjoying fairly high ... » Learn More about Duterte Lite: Is fence-sitting a sin or strategy in 2022 elections?
Countries including Japan and the United States are on the brink of losing their military technological edge over China and should deepen bilateral defence cooperation to shore up their supremacy, a senior Japanese defence official said on Monday. The stark warning, issued by Suzuki Atsuo, of Japan’s agency overseeing military research and development, comes as Washington embarks on its own defence technology-sharing pact with Britain and Australia, widely seen as a counter to China’s growing military presence in the Indo-Pacific. Aukus , as the alliance is known, focuses on defence-related areas including artificial intelligence (AI), quantum technology, cybersecurity and underwater capabilities – all areas in which Tokyo, too, is keenly interested, Suzuki said. 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 ... » Learn More about Japan, US risk losing military tech edge to China, Tokyo official says
Chris Pratt and wife Katherine Schwarzenegger Chris Pratt posted recently a photo of what looked like the “blob” with the message: “Proud of my darling for trying to cook tonight. Did it go well? No. No, it did not. Not at all. To quote Rocky Balboa (from the Sylvester Stallone movie, “Rocky”), ‘It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get up … and keep moving forward.’ As you can tell from the lump of coal in the center of the plate, this bagel bite never stood a chance. I honestly simply cannot imagine what went wrong here. Pretty simple. Microwave. 2 minutes. Maybe she thought it said 2 hours. But I want to commend her for her effort. This is a big step, babe. Proud of you.” Since wife is Katherine Schwarzenegger, a member of the American Kennedy royal family and daughter of the Terminator and former California governor Arnold, it is not difficult to imagine she never had to use the microwave in her previous life. So in love Hailey Baldwin ... » Learn More about Chris Pratt proud of wife despite botched attempt to cook