Archive for April 18th, 2020

As Indonesia fights COVID-19, warmer temperatures drive up dengue cases

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | MongaBay | 7:04 AM

As Indonesia grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, infections from another animal-borne disease have gone on the rise largely unnoticed and likely driven by climate change, [...] » More

Asian shares advance, US crude oil price sinks below $19

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | AP | 6:02 AM

Shares advanced in Asia on Friday while US benchmark crude plunged below $19 per barrel. The mixed reaction followed news that China’s economy contracted 6.8 percent in [...] » More

Asian markets rise on China GDP data

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Asian markets posted healthy gains on Friday after official data in China showed the coronavirus pandemic had not hit economic growth as badly as some had feared. Authorities [...] » More

Waste not, want not: HK cafe zeros in on reducing trash

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

A zero food waste cafe in Hong Kong is trying to tackle the financial hub’s escalating trash problem by providing meals that are fully compostable, such as vegetables [...] » More

Cathay Pacific to lay off overseas cabin crew, furlough pilots

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd will lay off 286 cabin crew based in the United States and furlough 201 pilots based in Australia and Britain, it said on Friday, [...] » More

With fewer new coronavirus cases, HK lawmaker says he hopes shutdown will end

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:02 AM

With the daily increase in coronavirus cases falling to single-digit levels in recent days, a Hong Kong lawmaker said he hopes the government will soon start to lift measures [...] » More

HK confirms just one new coronavirus case but government believes it’s too early to ease back on restrictions, sources say

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong reported one new coronavirus case on Thursday, the fifth straight day with a single-digit increase in Covid-19 infections and the lowest figure in more than five [...] » More

HK co-working thrives as Singapore struggles in shutdown

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:02 AM

On a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of people sat hunched over laptops at TheDesk’s six-story co-working space near Hong Kong’s Central business district, while [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK’s HK$137.5 billion Covid-19 safety net not big enough, Legislative Council members say

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum have urged officials to offer a wider array of support measures for workers and businesses during the economic storm unleashed by [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK’s HK$137.5 billion Covid-19 safety net not big enough, Legislative Council members say

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers have threatened to vote against the government’s proposed relief package, saying many workers and businesses would miss out on [...] » More

HK justice secretary defends independence of city’s judiciary after report of Beijing interference in legal system

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Justice minister Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah has said Hong Kong’s top judge was the best person to confirm that mainland Chinese authorities did not interfere in the legal [...] » More

‘Let Taiwan Passport Be Taiwan’: overseas Taiwanese groups

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | FocusTaiwan | 6:02 AM

Several organisations representing overseas Taiwanese on Wednesday called for the English text on the Taiwan passport to refer to the country only as “Taiwan.” In [...] » More

Taiwan’s Cathay Bank turns 2,500 ATMs, service centers into Pokemon stops

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM

A leading Taiwanese bank group is turning its ATMs and service centers nationwide into hotspots for players of the world’s most popular augmented reality game Pokemon [...] » More

Taiwan’s health experts discuss coronavirus response with WHO via phone call

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM

WHO was curious about Taiwan’s success in controlling the spread of virus: health official Chang Shan-chwen Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) has [...] » More

US surveillance plane flies south of Taiwan

18-Apr-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM

A United States Air Force (USAF) reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel separating south Taiwan from the Philippines Friday (April 17) in the ninth such [...] » More