| PHOTO: The Nation/Asia News Network BANGKOK — A top virologist has said that human beings will have to live with Covid-19 forever, though the virus would be less severe as we would build immunity against it. In a Facebook post on Thursday, Dr Yong Poovorawan of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, said it was a natural law, citing several diseases that had spread in the past, including smallpox and plague. He said that the available knowledge and the medical field at that time were not modern as in the current era, but humanity could still survive until today as the pandemics did not last for a long time like Covid-19. Explaining the survival instinct, Yong explained that once upon a time rabbits used to destroy a lot of crops so humans used a severe virus to kill rabbits and that became an epidemic for them. A lot of rabbits died but some of them built immunity to the virus and survived to reproduce in large numbers as in the past. Looking back at history, he … [Read more...] about COVID-19 is here to stay, top Thai virologist says
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A helicopter and boat under the Eastern Theatre Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a maritime rescue drill, as part of military exercises in the waters around Taiwan, at an undisclosed location August 9, 2022 in this handout image released on August 10, 2022. Eastern Theatre Command/Handout via REUTERS TAIPEI — No more than 10 Chinese and Taiwan navy ships continued to stay close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait as of Thursday afternoon, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters, adding the number from has “greatly reduced” compared to previous days. Several Chinese navy ships continued to conduct missions off Taiwan’s eastern coast and near Japan’s Yonaguni island, the source familiar with the security planning in the areas near Taiwan said. Several Chinese fighter jets briefly crossed the unofficial buffer separating China and Taiwan in the strait earlier on Thursday, the person added. RELATED STORIES Taiwan holds military drills … [Read more...] about ‘No more than 10’ Chinese and Taiwan navy ships stay close to Strait median line—source
UPDATE Sri Lanka’s exiled president Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be allowed to stay in Thailand for 90 days, according to Thailand’s Deputy PM Don Pramudwinai. Don is also Thailand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Don told Thai media that he understands Sri Lankans are angry at their former president, and he stressed that Gotabaya will only be allowed to stay for a limited time. He said… “In difficult times, we consider many things together, but the important thing is that he doesn’t cause a problem for Thailand, and he doesn’t stay in the country the most more than 90 days.” Don said that Gotabaya will manage his own accommodation. A spokesperson for Thailand’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Tanee Sangrat, told the Bangkok Post that the decision was based on the countries’ “cordial ties”, and that “no political asylum has been sought”. Gotabaya was forced out of Sri Lanka after over 100,000 protesters stormed and set fire to the presidential palace on July 9. This was after Sri … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Sri Lanka’s exiled president allowed temporary Thailand stay, with conditions
Moviegoers flocked to the theaters this weekend to see Stephen King 's It , giving it the third biggest box office opening of the year, according to Warner Bros. It , which follows a demonic clown who terrorizes children in a fictional Maine town, took in $117.2 million between Friday and Sunday. Andrés Muschietti's frightening adaptation (I screamed several times during the movie) of King 's 1986 novel also had the largest opening for a horror movie in box office history. The world has been no stranger to King's work . He's published more than 50 novels and non-fiction books, many of which have been adapted into TV shows and movies. That kind of bibliography is not easy to achieve. In 1999, King published On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft , a book that explores King's experience as an author and gives advice to aspiring writers. Here are a few lessons on how King stays productive: 1. Don't wait for that magical feeling--just get it done. … [Read more...] about As Stephen King’s ‘It’ Breaks Box Office Records, Here’s How the Author Stays Productive
Mohammad Yunus Yawar and Miguel Gutierrez (Reuters) PREMIUM Kabul, Afghanistan ● Fri, August 12, 2022 As thousands of Afghans crowded outside Kabul airport a year ago desperately trying to escape the Taliban, Massouda Kohistani managed to fight her way on to a foreign military flight bound for the Gulf and ended up in Spain. Her mother and more than a dozen other family members did not make it. They were left behind on the tarmac, Kohistani recalled, so as well as dealing with the pain of separation from her family and home, the 41-year-old rights activist is coping with a crushing sense of guilt. "I feel terrible having left behind my family, my sick mother," Kohistani, who is single, told Reuters from Salamanca, a city west of Madrid, shortly after finishing another emotionally draining video call with her family back in Kabul. to Read Full Story SUBSCRIBE NOW Starting from IDR 55,500/month Unlimited access to our web and app content e-Post … [Read more...] about One year on, Afghan family still divided after daughter fled, mother stayed
- A + A KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 11): Bursa Malaysia rebounded from Wednesday's (Aug 10) losses to close broadly higher on Thursday, with the benchmark index breaching and staying above the 1,500-psychological level amid positive market sentiment across the region. The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) rose 13.23 points to end the day at its intraday high of 1,505.56 compared with Wednesday's close of 1,492.33, driven by continuous buying momentum in selected index-linked counters led by Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Bhd. The benchmark index opened 5.48 points better at 1,497.81 this morning and remained in positive territory throughout the session. Banking stocks were mostly upbeat, including CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), Hong Leong Financial Group Bhd, Hong Leong Bank Bhd, Public Bank Bhd, and RHB Bank Bhd following slower-than-expected inflation data in the US which might provide some space for the Federal Reserve not to hike rates … [Read more...] about Bursa ends broadly higher, KLCI above 1,500 level
This article first appeared in City & Country, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on August 1, 2022 - August 07, 2022. The Zhongshan Building, which was built in the 1950s, has been restored at a cost of RM1 million and now houses an arts and research community (Photo by Patrick Goh/The Edge) - A + A Kuala Lumpur is an amazing city. The mix of old and new buildings juxtaposed with pockets of greenery presents a tropical feel that only a few cities can boast of. As the city moves with the times, what is to be done to the older buildings? Should they be replaced with something sparkling new? Or should we consider the historical value they bring to the landscape? City & Country asks property experts about the practicalities of upgrading these old properties — be it through converting, refurbishing or rebuilding. “This is a very interesting and evergreen topic, where all developers or landowners would like to know what to do with their old buildings when they … [Read more...] about Is it worth upgrading KL’s old buildings?
Datuk Seri Najib Razak - A + A KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 11): When Malaysia's apex court convenes on Monday (Aug 15) to hear Datuk Seri Najib Razak's final appeal against his convictions of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering charges in the SRC International Sdn Bhd case, will two of its upper echelon judges be part of the seven-member panel? Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Rohana Yusuf and Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed are already in their six-month extension period prior to compulsory retirement. Under Article 125(1) of the Federal Constitution, a judge of the Federal Court shall hold office until he attains the age of 66 years or such later time, not being later than six months after he attains that age, as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may approve. Rohana and Azahar reached 66 years of age in May and April, respectively, but had their tenure extended. Following their extension, Rohana and Azahar are scheduled to retire in … [Read more...] about Will two top judges sit in Najib’s appeal given impending retirement?
Iza Calzado. Image: screengrab from YouTube/The Boy Abunda Talk Channel Iza Calzado looked back on her 18-year Darna journey, from when she was first offered the titular role in 2004 to her current role as “first Darna” in the upcoming “Mars Ravelo’s Darna: The TV Series.” In an exclusive interview with King of Talk Boy Abunda, as seen on the latter’s YouTube channel yesterday, Aug. 10, the actress revealed the surgeries she had in 2004 after she was tapped to portray the “picture-perfect” superhero. “It has been 18 years since I was first approached, sat down and told, ‘We want you to play Darna’—without it being a dream role of mine growing up [because Darna is] picture-perfect,” she said. “Beyond Barbie pa ito kasi naka-two-piece, perfect ka dapat.” (This is beyond Barbie because [Darna] is wearing a two-piece [costume], so you have to be perfect.) “So I did two surgeries to, kind of, fix the body and it wasn’t enough. Because I had lost a hundred pounds—so loose skin and … [Read more...] about Iza Calzado recounts two surgeries ‘to fix body’ for Darna role: ‘Why was I so impulsive?’
Roads in Cheongju, about 110 kilometers south of Seoul, are flooded on Wednesday, following record rainfall. | YONHAP via The Korea Herald/Asia News Network SEOUL — Casualties from this week’s heavy rains have risen to 11 people dead and eight others missing, officials said Thursday. Of the dead, six were in Seoul, three in Gyeonggi Province and two in Gangwon Province while three of the eight unaccounted for were from Seoul, according to data from the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters. A total of 3,775 homes and buildings were inundated, most of them in Seoul. Over 980 people from 548 households, mostly from the wider Seoul area, have been displaced, which left them staying at local schools and gyms. A further 4,297 people from 2,042 households across the country have temporarily evacuated, officials said. The Korea Meteorological Administration has lifted the downpour warning in the wider Seoul area and Incheon, 27 kilometers west of Seoul, but … [Read more...] about South Korea: Heavy rain casualties rise to 11 deaths, 8 missing