Month: November 2020

Bosco Wong Sees Decline in Restaurant Business

With the earlier government restrictions placed on restaurant facilities in Hong Kong due to the pandemic, many struggling businesses are further affected. Celebrity-owned restaurants such as Bosco Wong’s (黃宗澤) oyster bar, Oystermine, is also not an exception. Despite the downturn in business, Bosco is trying to come up with creative solutions and promises not to…

Iran assassination could undercut US President-elect Joe Biden’s diplomatic options

The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, which Tehran has blamed on Israel, risks not only sharpening tensions across the region but also severely complicating plans by US President-elect Joe Biden to resume dialogue with the Islamic republic, analysts said on Saturday.Iran has accused arch-foe Israel of seeking to sow “chaos” by killing 59-year-old…

Where did Coronavirus originate? These virus sleuths are assessing every theory

The origins of Covid-19 remain unknown, and a gamut of hypotheses, conspiracy theories and studies have raised more questions than answers about how the virus that causes the disease emerged and spread around the world.Now, a group of battle-tested disease detectives, led by a US-based scientist with a history researching bat viruses in China, are…

‘Periods don’t stop for pandemics’: Scotland becomes world’s first country to make menstrual products free for all

Scotland’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation making period products freely available to all.The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill, brought forward by Labour health spokeswoman Monica Lennon, will bring in the legal right of free access to items such as tampons and sanitary pads.Under the bill, the Scottish government must set up a nationwide…

What’s in a surname? Japanese PM Suga stirs hopes that married women can depart from convention

Hopes are growing in Japan that the country will move towards allowing married couples to use different surnames after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga recently suggested that he remained committed to introducing the option, a departure from current legal requirements.Japan’s Civil Code requires married couples to have the same surname, and conventionally, the burden of altering…

Tesla Model 3 crash sends hundreds of scorching battery cells flying, starting house fire

Tesla has caught heat in the past for its battery packs bursting into flames, but a recent incident in Corvallis, Oregon shows that the electric vehicles may pose a fire hazard not just to the cars themselves, but to the surrounding environment, too. In a severe Tuesday night crash spotted by The Drive, a speeding Model…

Rudy Giuliani and fellow Trump lawyers crank out conspiracies as legal challenges implode

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Quint Forgey and Alex Isenstadton politico.com on November 19, 2020.They called themselves an “elite strike force team”. But the madcap news conference by President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Thursday afternoon was more campaign farce than cogent legal argument, as Rudy…

US Senators urge Donald Trump not to withdraw from WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement, ceding ground to China

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Doug Palmer on politico.com on November 19, 2020.Two senior US senators are urging President Donald Trump not to make a last-minute decision to withdraw from an international trade agreement that requires participating countries to allow foreign firms to compete for…

Coronavirus: Africa hits 2 million confirmed cases as second wave looms

The African continent has surpassed 2 million confirmed cases as the top public health official on Thursday warned that “we are inevitably edging toward a second wave” of infections.The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the 54-nation continent had crossed the milestone. Africa has seen more than 48,000 deaths from Covid-19. Its infections…