Australia locks down millions as US struggles to contain virusAustralia will effectively seal off the state of Victoria from the rest of the country. There is simply no alternative (to the lockdown) other than thousands and thousands of cases and potentially more." Brazil is the second worst-hit country in the world with more than 65,000 deaths and 1.6 million infections. - Schools in... and out -In China, nearly 11 million students began taking the gruelling annual college entrance exam known as Gaokao on Tuesday following a month-long delay. "If all of us wear one, we protect each other and thereby ourselves, reducing transmission," wrote Venki Ramakrishnan.
July 07, 2020 13:30 UTC
Q1 household debt at 80% of GDP, highest in 4 yearsA Phitsanulok woman warned Thais to repay their debts after the Land Execution Department seized 4 rai of family-owned land in lieu of a phone debt she failed to pay, earlier this year. As of March, household debt stood at 13.479 trillion baht ($431.47 billion), little changed from the 13.483 trillion baht at the end of last year, equal to 79.9% of GDP. The debt to GDP ratio may jump to 88-90% at the end of this year, which would be the highest in the 18 years that the central bank has compiled records on household debt, according to Kasikornbank's research centre. A sharp economic contraction and banks' debt relief measures, including lower loan repayments and debt moratoria, are likely to keep household debt levels high, it said. Soft loans offered to households hit by the outbreak are also likely to push up debt levels, which are already among Asia's highest.
July 07, 2020 10:30 UTC
TNSC sees 10% export dropThai shippers have downgraded the country’s export outlook to a 10% contraction, deeper than the previous forecast of an 8% drop, with the finger pointed at the coronavirus crisis and the strong baht. Ghanyapad Tantipipatpong, chairwoman of the Thai National Shippers’ Council, said weakening purchasing power and the ailing economies of key trading partners were key components in the TNSC’s export forecast cut. According to Ms Ghanyapad, a handful of Thai products still see promising prospects such as processed agricultural products, food, fruits and canned processed food. “The baht has gained very fast, faster than the currencies of any Asean peers, making Thai exports less competitive and affecting overall exports,” she said. Ms Ghanyapad said the group foresees the country’s export performance in the remaining months will become negative in every month.
July 07, 2020 10:30 UTC
Man charged with raping stepdaughterThe suspect is arrested by police at his house in Tha Sala district, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and charged with the rape of his stepdaughter. (Police photo)A 38-year-old man has been detained and charged with the repeated rape of his young stepdaughter, and illegal use of drugs. She said the girl, who was under 15 years old, had been raped repeatedly by her stepfather for about six months. He was charged with statutory rape of a minor aged under 15 years and illegal use of drugs. The teenage girl was placed in the care of the social welfare office in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
July 07, 2020 10:07 UTC
B200m drugs, assets seized from 11 suspectsDrugs are put on display at the Narcotic Suppression Bureau in Bangkok on Tuesday after they were seized from suspects during the long weekend. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)Police arrested 11 suspects and seized 1.5m meth pills, 2.4 tonnes of cannabis, six kilogrammes of ketamine and assets worth altogether 200 million baht in three drug trafficking cases during the long weekend. Police said the suspects were transporting the drugs from Bung Kan province to greater Bangkok. The drugs were found on a Toyota pickup truck accompanied by two other vehicles. Police seized from the suspects a total of 21 vehicles and the title deed for a plot in Kaeng Khoi district of Saraburi province where a cannabis compressor was found.
July 07, 2020 09:49 UTC
Vietnam jails Facebook user for 8 years over 'anti-state' postsHANOI: A court in Vietnam on Tuesday sentenced a man to eight years in prison after finding him guilty of uploading anti-state posts on his Facebook account, the security ministry said. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and tolerates little criticism. Vuong was accused of livestreaming 110 hours of videos and writing 366 posts on his Facebook account to smear the image of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's founding leader, and spread anti-state propaganda, the ministry said. "Vietnam must recognise that expressing political views contrary to Communist Party line should not be a crime," he said in an email statement. Arrests of political activists in Vietnam have steadily increased since late last year as Vietnam gears up for a key Party congress in January 2021.
July 07, 2020 09:22 UTC
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July 07, 2020 08:15 UTC
Australia's second-biggest city under new virus lockdownMore than five million residents of Melbourne will be locked down for six weeks after coronavirus cases surgeMELBOURNE - Five million Melbourne residents were ordered back into lockdown after coronavirus cases surged in Australia's second-biggest city Tuesday. State Premier Daniel Andrews announced a six-week lockdown would begin Wednesday, warning "we can't pretend" the coronavirus crisis is over. After the south-eastern city detected 191 new cases in 24 hours, Andrews said there were now too many to trace properly. Health officials last week effectively shut off some 300,000 Melbourne residents from the rest of the city until the end of July, but that has now been extended beyond those neighbourhoods. Almost all new daily cases are being detected in Melbourne, while all other regions are enjoying relaxed restrictions after largely curbing the virus spread.
July 07, 2020 07:52 UTC
Truck crushes cyclist, leg severedPolice attend the severely injured cyclist run over by a 10-wheel truck at Asok-Sukhumvit intersection in Bangkok on Tuesday morning. (JS100.com photo)A 10-wheel truck carrying a load of soil ran over a cyclist waiting at a red light at Asok-Sukhumvit intersection in Bangkok's Watthana district on Tuesday. His left leg was severed. Police said they arrested truck driver Prawit Praprung, 37, and charged him with reckless driving causing severe injury. He swerved the truck to the left to avoid the many motorcyclists stopped at the traffic light, and hit the waiting cyclist.
July 07, 2020 07:52 UTC
Khlong Tan blackout, traffic paralysed by morning accidentFive power poles lie fallen on Sukhumvit 71 road, brought down by an 18-wheel trailer-truck, near Khlong Tan intersection in Suan Luang district shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning. The accident occured about 12.33am near Khlong Tan intersection in Suan Luang district. It totally blocked the out-bound lane of Sukhumvit 71, causing a massive traffic snarl. Pictures of the trailer-truck, the toppled electricity poles and traffic brought to standstill were posted on the JS100 Radio webpage. Five power poles were brought down in the accident.
July 07, 2020 07:18 UTC
Tie for warmest June globally, Siberia sizzles: EUSiberia and the Arctic Circle are prone to large year-on-year temperature fluctuations, but the persistence of this year's warm spell is very unusual. PARIS: Temperatures soared 10 degrees Celsius above average in June across much of permafrost-laden Siberia, with last month in a dead heat for the warmest June on record globally, the European Union's climate monitoring network said Tuesday. The hourly record -- averaged across 60 minutes -- was one to two degrees above previously registered Arctic highs in 1969 and 1973. - Permafrost 'carbon bomb' -"What is worrisome is that the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world," he said in a statement. Across the Arctic region, average temperatures have risen by more than two degrees Celsius since the mid-19th century, twice the global average.
July 07, 2020 07:07 UTC
Malaysia cuts key rate to historic low of 1.75%KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's central bank on Tuesday cut its key interest rate for a fourth straight meeting to a historic low, as Southeast Asia's third-largest economy grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and faltering demand for its exports. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) eased its overnight policy rate by 25 basis points to 1.75%. A slim majority of economists in a Reuters poll had expected a rate reduction of at least 25 bps.
July 07, 2020 07:07 UTC
Lin Dan retirement ends era of 'Chinese sports superstar'Lin Dan said on Saturday that he was bringing the curtain down on a career that brought double Games gold and five world titlesSHANGHAI - The retirement of two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan signals the end of a golden era of Chinese sporting superstars, state media said on Tuesday. "With the 'Super Dan' curtain call, people cannot help but sigh," Xinhua news agency said. "The era of the superstar that once belonged to Chinese sports has faded. "When will the next Lin Dan appear? "When will the next Lin Dan and China's next sports superstar appear again?"
July 07, 2020 06:45 UTC
Malaysia probes Al Jazeera documentary about migrant arrestsPolice officers wearing protective suits pick up an illegal immigrant from an apartment under enhanced lockdown, during the movement control order due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 1, 2020. Defence minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob this week called on Al Jazeera to apologise to Malaysians, and said allegations of racism and discrimination against undocumented migrants were untrue. Police will call in Al Jazeera staff as part of a probe opened after several complaints filed against the documentary, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador told reporters on Tuesday. Spokespeople for Al Jazeera did not respond to an emailed request for comment. In May, a journalist from the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post was questioned by police over her reporting on the migrant arrests.
July 07, 2020 06:22 UTC
Shippers cut 2020 export outlook from -8% to -10%Klong Toey port in Bangkok (Bangkok Post file photo)Thailand's exports are expected to shrink 10% this year, deeper than the previous forecast of an 8% drop, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the strength of the baht currency, a shipping association said on Tuesday. In the January-March period, the value of annual exports, a key driver of growth, fell 3.71% in dollar terms and declined 5.18% in baht terms, commerce ministry data showed. The baht gained 0.2% to 31.05 against the greenback at 11.06am It 30.79 on June 24, the strongest since late January. The central bank recently said the baht strength could affect an economic recovery and it would assess the necessity of implementing more steps to curb it. In 2019, the economy saw a 2.65% drop in exports amid global trade tensions and a strong baht.
July 07, 2020 05:37 UTC