A-League chaos as Melbourne teams fail to beat border closureAn ambulance is seen outside one of nine public housing estates locked down due to a spike in COVID-19 coronavirus numbers in MelbourneSYDNEY - Australia's planned A-League restart next week was thrown into chaos after three Melbourne teams failed to leave Victoria state when their dramatic airport dash to beat a border closure was scuppered by fog. Nine days from the scheduled opening game, the A-League was left seeking a New South Wales government exemption for the teams after the border was shut to contain a worsening COVID-19 crisis in Melbourne. The Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory and Western United players had planned to fly out Tuesday ahead of a midnight border closure, but were forced late Monday night to race to the airport at short notice when the shutdown for Melbourne residents was brought forward by 24 hours. With the NSW border now closed to Melbourne residents, Football Federation of Australia head of leagues Greg O'Rourke said they would seek an exemption for the Melbourne clubs. The NSW government indicated it would be sympathetic to the request with Deputy Premier John Barilaro saying if the opportunity was there "let's bring them across the border."
July 07, 2020 05:03 UTC
China-owned TikTok says it is stopping its popular video snippet-sharing app from working in Hong Kong due to "recent events". SAN FRANCISCO: TikTok said late Monday it is stopping its popular video snippet-sharing app from working in Hong Kong due to "recent events". "In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong," TikTok told AFP. TikTok has consistently denied sharing any user data with authorities in China, and was adamant it did not intend to begin to agree to such requests. The company expects to take several days to wind down app operations in Hong Kong.
July 07, 2020 04:18 UTC
Pig on the loose soon caught in Bang PhliRescuers from the Por Teck Tung Foundation corner and calm a pig that wandered into the garden outside the Market Village department store on Theparat road in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district on Monday. (Photo: Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)SAMUT PRAKAN: A large pig wandered into a garden in front of a department store in Bang Phli district on Monday afternoon, and was quickly caught by police and rescuers from the Por Teck Tung Foundation. It was in the landscaped area outside the Market Village department store at kilometre marker 13 on Theparat road in tambon Bang Phli. He decided to call the police when the pig reached the front of the department store. Two hours after the pig was caught and nobody had showed up to claim it, a man arrived and asked for the animal.
July 07, 2020 04:07 UTC
Thailand’s economic outlook ‘worst in Asia’: analystsEmpty chairs are seen on a beach which is usually full of tourists, amid fear of coronavirus in Phuket, Thailand March 11, 2020. Yet its economic outlook is the darkest in Asia. Rising gold prices during the outbreak have led local investors to sell gold, boosting total exports. Excluding gold, total shipments have been hit hard by weak global demand and supply-chain disruptions. The central bank has showed concern about the baht’s strength, which hampers exports and will complicate the economic recovery.
July 07, 2020 04:02 UTC
China censors Hong Kong internet, US tech giants resistHong Kong pro-democracy activists hold up their mobile phones during a rally in June. HONG KONG: China has quickly moved to censor Hong Kong's internet and access users' data using a feared new national security law, but US tech giants offered some resistance citing rights concerns. "The Chinese Communist Party's destruction of free Hong Kong continues," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. "Until now, Hong Kong flourished because it allowed free thinking and free speech, under an independent rule of law. "The Hong Kong government will vigorously implement this law," Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the city's Beijing-appointed leader, told reporters on Tuesday.
July 07, 2020 03:33 UTC
'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through TaiwanA woman in Taipei walks past a billboard promoting democracy for Hong Kong. TAIPEI: The imposition of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has sent chills through Taiwan, deepening fears that Beijing will focus next on seizing the democratic self-ruled island. "They had promised 50 years unchanged for Hong Kong but they are getting all the more heavy-handed... As well as allowing China's security apparatus to set up shop openly in Hong Kong for the first time, Beijing's security law claims universal jurisdiction. Hong Kong police have made clear that support for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet or Xinjiang independence is now illegal.
July 07, 2020 03:11 UTC
Pickup hits motorbike, both go up in flamesThe pickup and motorcycle burn fiercely after the crash on Lopburi Rames road in Songkhla's Bang Klam district on Monday. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)SONGKHLA: Three people, including a little boy, were injured when the motorcycle they were travelling on was hit from behind by a pickup and the two vehicles were engulfed in flames, in Bang Klam district on Monday night. The accident occurred about 7.20pm on the out-bound side of Lopburi Rames road in front of a furniture shop in Moo 7 village of tambon Tha Chang, Bang Klam district, police said. The motorcycle became stuck underneath the pickup and was dragged along the road surface for about 100 metres. The pickup driver, Apichart Kanngan, was detained for questioning and possible legal action.
July 07, 2020 03:00 UTC
Trump, black NASCAR driver in war of words over noose protestNASCAR's only African American full time driver Bubba Wallace (left) successfully campaigned for a ban on flying the Confederate flag at races. The noose discovery was made shortly after Wallace had successfully campaigned for a ban on flying the controversial Confederate flag at NASCAR, a popular sport with conservative Americans. Trump also claimed in his tweet that the ban and the noose controversy had "caused lowest ratings EVER!" NASCAR president Steve Phelps noted after the inquiry had finished that "the noose was real" and "our initial reaction was to protect our driver." The demonstrations have seen attacks on symbols of the country's slave-holding history such as the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate generals.
July 07, 2020 02:48 UTC
'Race against time' in Japan floods, 50 feared deadRescue workers are battling against time to reach stranded people. YATSUSHIRO, Japan: Emergency services in western Japan were "racing against time" on Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides, with at least 50 feared dead and more torrential rain forecast. An official in the hardest-hit region of Kumamoto told AFP that 49 were now confirmed dead with one other feared dead. "We are racing against time," Yutaro Hamasaki, a Kumamoto official, told AFP early Tuesday morning. "I have 20 years of rafting experience, but I never dreamed" of rowing the boat through the city, the veteran paddler told AFP.
US says foreign students whose classes move online cannot stayGeorgetown University, in the US capital, has many foreign students who could be affected by the new government rules. WASHINGTON: The United States said Monday it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are moved online in the fall because of the coronavirus crisis. Universities with a hybrid system of in-person and online classes will have to show that foreign students are taking as many in-person classes as possible, to maintain their status. "Foreign students are being threatened with a choice: risk your life going to class-in person or get deported," he said. The largest number of international students came from China, followed by India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada.
Art world, politicians salute talent of MorriconeEnnio Morricone, the iconic composer, died aged 91ROME - Big names from Hollywood, music and politics lined up on Monday to praise the talent and the legacy of Italian maestro Ennio Morricone, after the iconic composer died aged 91, with Antonio Banderas saluting "a big master of cinema." - Edgar Wright, British screenwriter and producer -"He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend." - Goldfrapp -"Sad to hear about the passing of Ennio Morricone today. - Yo-Yo Ma -"I'll never forget the way Ennio Morricone described music as 'energy, space, and time.' - Jean-Michel Jarre, French musician -"Ennio Morricone was a source of constant inspiration, like a member of my family... he was omnipresent in my life."
Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battleDeclan Rice is key to West Ham's survival bidLONDON - Tension is mounting at the bottom of the Premier League as the fight to avoid relegation heads towards a dramatic conclusion. Bournemouth and Aston Villa, who currently fill the remaining two places in the relegation zone, are locked in a four-team battle for survival with fellow strugglers Watford and West Ham. The second bottom Cherries, one point from safety, face Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City in their next three games. West Ham have now lost 24 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other side. But with games against Norwich, Watford and Aston Villa to come, their forward Michail Antonio is confident of beating the drop.
July 07, 2020 01:18 UTC
"The first rule is Thin & Thick. "This theory suggests you apply a thick layer of make-up to parts with thick skin, and a thin layer to parts with thin skin, in order to make the face appear small and three dimensional." "Since the skin is quite thick, you should apply more product to this part," she explained. Eyes and lips also have thin and thick parts that call for varying product amounts and application methods. The hydrating cream has been reworked in two new formulas: Essential Mool Cream Brightening, and Essential Mool Cream Light.
July 07, 2020 00:22 UTC
Why Thailand’s dire economic outlook is worst in AsiaImmigration officers stand in front of an empty arrivals hall at Suvarnabhumi airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease on Friday. Yet its economic outlook is the darkest in Asia. The government is banking on increased domestic travel to save the tourism sector, with the coronavirus pandemic still keeping foreigners home. Efforts to kindle domestic tourism won’t offset the tremendous losses to this critical industry, which last year made up about one-fifth of Thailand’s economy. The central bank has showed concern about the baht’s strength, which hampers exports and will complicate the economic recovery.
July 07, 2020 00:11 UTC
Brazil's Bolsonaro takes virus test after showing symptomsBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a coronavirus skeptic, has been tested for the virus after showing symptomsBRASíLIA - Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who has long minimized the risks posed by the coronavirus, said Monday he had been tested after showing symptoms including a fever. Bolsonaro told CNN Brazil that he underwent an X-ray of his lungs at a military hospital as a precaution, and that the virus test results would come on Tuesday. On Monday, the far-right leader made more changes to weaken a law requiring that face masks be worn in public places in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now he has also vetoed articles requiring masks be worn in prisons and another obliging businesses to provide information on how to wear masks properly. Some states have already made the wearing of masks mandatory, but this was the first such law on a national level.
July 07, 2020 00:00 UTC