Singapore’s Covid-19 Miscalculation Bites Hard

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For Singapore, it has been a sad comedown. Officials in the meticulous, technocratic nation-state in early February thought they had beaten the Covid-19 crisis, having responded quicker than any almost country in the world to the pandemic’s crisis, only to have it return to blossom into a new crisis.“Singapore was almost the first to ban entry of people...

America’s Global Abdication – Asia Sentinel

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I recently attended a webinar on Southeast Asian responses to the Covid-19 put on by the Singapore-based risk firm Vriens and Partners that ended when the moderator asked representatives of nine countries what offers of help they had received from US officials. Not a single participant could name any response from the US.In the meantime, China has gone...

Is it time for companies to consider outsourcing IT support?

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Ideally, remote working is the progressive transition from brick-and-mortar offices to a...

Singapore reports first COVID-19 community case in 2 weeks; 12 new infections in all

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported one locally transmitted COVID-19 case as of noon on Friday (Mar 26), the first of such infections in two weeks.The community case was among 12 new infections reported on Friday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.  Advertisement Advertisement The...

83-year-old cruise passenger tests negative twice for COVID-19 after initial positive result

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SINGAPORE: Two further COVID-19 tests for an 83-year-old cruise passenger who tested positive for the virus have come back negative, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (Dec 9) night. The man, who was a passenger on Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas, tested...

Security Companies in South Korea Discover North Korean Cyberattack

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Private security companies in South Korea Friday detected evidence that North Korea attempted to hack into the personal computers of select targets, a spear-phishing effort  using documents appearing to be related to former North Korean citizens running for South Korea’s April 15 legislative election, RFA has learned. EST Security and AhnLab, which are...

‘Don’t rush to go out’ after businesses reopen, COVID-19 circuit breaker to ease gradually: Lawrence Wong

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SINGAPORE: Singaporeans should not rush to go out when businesses reopen on May 12, as the “circuit breaker” will still be in place despite the decline in COVID-19 cases in the broader community, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Friday (May 8). “We...

Laos Appoints New Electricity Chief Amid Growing Anger Over High Prices

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Laos has appointed a new managing director of the state-owned Electricite du Laos power company, replacing the former director amid rising anger in the country over high rates for electricity in spite of growing levels of unemployment because of business closings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Power prices have become a sensitive...

All foreigners banned from entering Brunei from March 24, Asia News

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Effective Tuesday (March 24), all foreign nationals are not allowed to enter or transit in Brunei Darussalam through land, sea and air control posts until further announcement. The measure is taken to reduce or prevent the transmission of Covid-19 pandemic in the Sultanate as well as in taking into account advice given by the Health Ministry. The...

China Industrial Waste Pollutes Major River on Border With Russia

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An accident at a Chinese mineral ore processing plant in northeastern China recently released large quantities of industrial waste into a tributary leading toward a border with Russia. Although Chinese officials immediately informed Russia of the accident, the spill has the potential to revive long-standing Russian fears of a growing Chinese presence near and...