Asia Today: Surf’s up, coffee’s ready as New Zealand reopens

Surfers greeted a spectacular sunrise in Christchurch, construction workers purchased their favorite espresso coffees and some lawmakers returned to Parliament in New Zealand's capital, Wellington, on Tuesday as some aspects

City’s urban planning unfit to resist even moderate earthquakes

Macau’s urban infrastructure could not cope with even an earthquake of medium intensity, researchers have indicated to the Times, citing the apparent lack of earthquake-resistant structures across the city. Asia’s gambling

HKD back at strong end, with more intervention likely

The Hong Kong dollar returned to the strong end of its trading band yesterday, increasing the likelihood of the city’s de facto central bank stepping in to defend the peg. The

Covid-19 | Patient who tested positive again remains in good health

A Covid-19 patient who was discharged from hospital isolation has tested positive again during his convalescence period, as announced during yesterday’s daily press conference of the Novel Coronavirus Response and

Policy Address | Lawmakers hone in on economic relief measures and plan for casino concessions

The implementation of relief measures to help companies and individuals to face the economic crisis generated by the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as questions on the renewal of the gaming

Courts Trial of former IPIM chief accused of corruption postponed

The trial of Jackson Chang, former President of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), due to commence yesterday, was postponed at the last minute. The first hearing of the

1990s gangster returned to Macau where he will stand trial

The mainland police authority has returned a Macau resident to the Judiciary Police (PJ) who was allegedly involved in four armed-robbery cases in Macau back in the 1990s. The man, aged

Nations, US states each chart their own path on reopening

Nations and U.S. states have begun easing coronavirus lockdowns, each pursuing their own approach but all with a common goal: restarting their economies without triggering another surge of infections. Restrictions are

This Day in History | 1986 Soviets admit nuclear accident

The Soviet Union has acknowledged there has been an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The report, from the official news agency, Tass, said there had been casualties

South Korea maintains Kim Jong Un health rumors are untrue

South Korea’s government has dismissed rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in fragile condition, as speculation about his health intensifies amid the North’s silence on his whereabouts. There

Europe seeks safe revival of tourism before summer season

European Union nations seek to agree on a way to revive the crucial tourism industry this summer without causing new coronavirus infections to spike. “We all agreed that we should have

Anbang unit sues Mirae to complete $5.8 billion hotel deal

  An Anbang Insurance Group Co. unit sued to force South Korea’s Mirae Asset Global Investments Co. to complete its $5.8 billion purchase of a U.S. luxury hotel portfolio as the

Drive In | ‘Beastie Boys Story’ isn’t a sure shot, but it’ll do

Little was predictable about the Beastie Boys in their three-plus decades of making music. They were spontaneous, always evolving, off-the-cuff pranksters who turned pro without ever losing the punchline. Even seeing

The Buzz | UN food chief: funding and access can avert starvation

The head of the World Food Program says he has been on the phone with leaders of some of the world’s richest nations with a critical message: the coronavirus pandemic

One Good Thing | Stoop show: Brooklyn accordionist entertains neighbors

Paul Stein felt useless - stuck in his Brooklyn brownstone apartment, watching his neighbors suffer deprivations as COVID-19 swept the city. Then, on television, the retired public-sector lawyer and political activist

World Briefs

CHINA’s ambassador reportedly warned Australia that its pursuit of a coronavirus inquiry could set off a boycott by Chinese consumers. China also cited faults with the U.S. response to the

Our Desk | ‘Scamsidy’

Subsidies, who would reject them? I am guessing no one, and in times of extra difficulties, a government subsidy seems always to be the perfect solution to patch a rising

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – edition no. 3522

  * Lawmakers want answers on casino deal details * Over ten earthquakes above magnitude 2 recorded in Guangdong every month * A Covid-19 patient who was discharged from hospital isolation has tested

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