Indonesia has ramped up its vaccination drive, but foreigners in Jakarta are finding it hard to get jabs

August 26, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Isabella was left perplexed when her appointment for a free dose of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine was suddenly cancelled last week. The Argentine national, who has been living in Indonesia for 15 years, was told there was now a charge for foreigners looking to get vaccinated.“They suddenly said [Jakarta’s health agency]…

Quirky China: Epic chopsticks stunt, province may restrict burning ancestor paper and man gets social media boot for mannerisms

August 25, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]This week in China, a man got his 15-minutes of fame for picking up an egg with gigantic chopsticks, one Chinese province may be calling an end to an important tradition, and a man looking for love gets banned from Weibo for his strange mannerisms.Not breaking eggsA cook from eastern China…

From the Widjaja to Hartono dynasties, wealthy scions are giving Indonesia a tech boost

August 23, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Indonesia’s digital economy was still in its infancy when Michael Widjaja – a third-generation member of the Widjaja family that runs Sinar Mas Group, one of the country’s largest conglomerates – returned in 2007 after finishing his business studies in California.He is the grandson of the late Eka Tjipta Widjaja, a…

Hong Kong children, elderly at risk in ‘imminent’ Covid-19 fifth wave, Hospital Authority chief warns

August 22, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Hong Kong’s public hospitals are bracing themselves for a possible surge in the number of children and elderly people falling ill with Covid-19 in a new, fifth wave of infections.Both groups are at risk because children under 12 are not vaccinated, and there is a low vaccination rate among older Hongkongers,…

As Thailand’s ‘new-breed’ Gen Z protesters dig in, violence mounts and hopes for compromise vanish

August 20, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]In front of a police headquarters defended by water cannons, razor wire and a three-deep line of riot officers, stood a 16-year-old girl from rural Thailand armed with a microphone.Sand should have been studying but she came to Bangkok instead as the protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha…

Top Chinese internet censor who ‘lost faith in party’ facing trial for corruption

August 18, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A former top Chinese internet censor has been expelled from the Communist Party and will face trial for corruption, the party’s top anti-graft body said on Tuesday.The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection accused Peng Bo, 64, of disloyalty to the party and failing to supervise the internet industry when he was…

‘It’s a disaster’: travellers’ plans upended after Hong Kong revises Covid-19 entry rules, extends quarantine times

August 17, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Travellers hoping to enter Hong Kong have been thrown for a loop after the city elevated 15 countries to its “high-risk” category for Covid-19, meaning significantly tougher entry requirements and longer quarantine periods for anyone arriving from those destinations.Some of them coming in from already high-risk countries such as Britain had…

Sweltering heat in Hong Kong, extreme weather events worldwide signal need to act on climate change, scientists say

August 16, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Humanity’s need to tackle climate change is more pressing than ever, with the United Nations warning last week that global warming would accelerate at a faster-than-expected pace over the next 20 years. In this four-part series, the Post examines its impact on the city, how the Hong Kong government can best…

Hong Kong child abuse cases rise sharply during Covid-19 pandemic, some parents stressed by job, money worries, experts say

August 14, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]When a three-year-old boy showed up with fingernail marks all over his swollen legs last month, his kindergarten teacher noticed immediately.A medical examination confirmed her suspicion, that the boy was a victim of child abuse.He has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and has problems paying attention or sitting still, and lacks…

Eight tourists missing after helicopter crashes into Russian volcanic lake

August 12, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A helicopter carrying tourists crashed into a volcanic lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East on Thursday, and rescuers were searching in the lake for up to eight people still missing, officials said. At least eight others reportedly survived.The helicopter went down in the Kronotsky nature reserve, and the…