ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been advocating for an international framework against hate speech and supporting a balanced approach between fundamental freedoms and responsibilities, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said Saturday in marking the International Day for Countering Hate Speech. "This day is an important occasion to renew global solidarity for combating hate speech which is the prime catalyst for hatred, interreligious discord, discrimination, incitement to violence and acts of violence against people and communities," the ministry said in a statement. Pakistan has always been at the forefront of international initiatives for promoting peace, tolerance, and intercultural and interfaith harmony, both at home and abroad, the statement said. As the international community commemorates this day, Pakistan is particularly alarmed at the global resurgence in xenophobia, hatred and acts of violence against minorities, the ministry said. "Pakistan will continue to advance international efforts to protect individuals from hate speech and related xenophobia, negative stereotyping and stigmatization, and will reinforce efforts to promote interfaith and intercivilizational understanding and harmony," according to the statement.
June 19, 2022 13:19 UTC
AMSTERDAM/PARIS/DOHA — After 21 years as a service agent at Air France, Karim Djeffal left his job during the COVID-19 pandemic to start his own job-coaching consultancy. But the industry says European aviation as a whole has lost 600,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic. The summer when air travel was supposed to return to normal after a two-year pandemic vacuum is in danger of becoming the summer when the high-volume, low-cost air travel model broke down – at least in Europe’s sprawling integrated market. Willie Walsh, head of the International Air Transport Association, the global airline industry group meeting in Qatar, has dismissed talk of a breakdown in air travel as “hysteria”. For some departing employees, however, Europe’s torrid summer signals a wake-up call for passengers and bosses alike.
June 19, 2022 09:29 UTC
Macau’s government will undertake mass Covid testing of residents over the next three days after finding 12 Covid-19 infections in the community, the first in more than 250 days. Testing would be conducted from noon Sunday to noon June 21, Au said at a briefing in the city. The mass testing comes after the city last week eased quarantine requirements for arrivals from Hong Kong, Taiwan and other places. The number of visitors to Macau plunged 24% in April from a year earlier after a 30% decline in March. Macau is facing significant risk of Covid-19 transmission and outbreak in the community, the government said at midnight on Sunday.
June 19, 2022 04:50 UTC
Why the digital transformation of the financial sector matters AMID the global Covid-19 crisis, the Philippines saw an increasing number of people transacting through digital platforms, with a 5,000-percent surge in digital payments in 2020. The Manila Times (TMT): Please describe the state of digital transformation in the Philippine financial sector. This unprecedented growth in digital financial services has redefined the Philippines financial sector. TMT: Does the Philippine financial sector need to fast-track the digitalization of its financial sector? Fundamentally, a modern digital financial sector ensures multiple benefits including an enhanced customer experience, greater corporate governance and more efficient data-driven decision making.
June 19, 2022 04:05 UTC
A 39-year-old man was on Saturday arrested by police in Tsuen Wan after chasing his partition flat female neighbor aged about 60 all the way to a dried seafood store and attempting to knife her. Police received report saying that the two started an argument in the partition flat upstairs and picked a fight very soon. According to live sources, the man once headed back home to retrieve a fruit knife. Yet, he dared not to assault the woman with the knife as the street was filled with spectators. Police later cordoned off the dried seafood store for investigation and reached to the building the duo live at to search for the knife.
June 18, 2022 16:39 UTC
A CLOSE encounter between Australian and Chinese military aircraft over the South China Sea has resulted in mutual accusations of provocative and dangerous behavior and raised many questions. China's Defense Ministry responded that "the Australian military aircraft seriously threatened China's sovereignty and security and the countermeasures taken by the Chinese military were reasonable and lawful." There are now news reports that an Australian military intelligence unit has already put up a military forward base inside Zamboanga Philippine military camp (http://maritimnews.com/2022/05/say-no-to-foreign-military-base-in-mindanao/). This technology will enable Australia to aid the US in containing China in the South China Sea. He is currently an adjunct senior scholar at National Institute for South China Sea Studies, Hainan China.
June 18, 2022 12:03 UTC
SYLHET, Bangladesh — Monsoon storms in Bangladesh have killed at least 25 people and unleashed devastating floods that left more than four million others stranded, officials said Saturday. Floods are a regular menace to millions of people in low-lying Bangladesh, but experts say climate change is increasing their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability. More than four million people have been stranded by flood water,” Hossain said, adding that nearly the entire region was without electricity. Forecasters said floods were set to worsen over the next two days with heavy rains in Bangladesh and upstream in India’s northeast. Before this week’s rains, Sylhet region was still recovering from its worst floods in nearly two decades late last month, with at least 10 people killed and 4 million others affected.
June 18, 2022 09:29 UTC
Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, gestures as he speaks during a campaign rally in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Reuters)The president-elect of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, has appointed a central bank official with expertise in information technology as the next chief of the tax agency, his office said on Saturday. His family faces billions of dollars of unpaid taxes and penalties from the tax collection agency. Her strong IT background will help boost revenue through efficient tax collection, Marcos said. Marcos continues to fill his cabinet with technocrats and former ministry officials ahead of his June 30 inauguration.
June 18, 2022 09:10 UTC
His lawyer Danilo Macalino said his client would present a counteraffidavit on Friday’s inquiry. Not necessaryMacalino, however, appeared before the Prosecutor’s Office without Sanvicente. He explained to reporters after the closed-door hearing that Sanvicente’s presence was not necessary. ADVERTISEMENT‘Willing to help’According to Macalino, Sanvicente’s family is willing to extend any assistance to Floralde. The preliminary investigation is expected to take more than a month, after which the Prosecutor’s Office will issue a resolution either finding that there are sufficient grounds for a trial or dismissing the charges.
June 18, 2022 05:52 UTC
Teens aged 12 to 17 may finally get their first booster shot by next week after the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) gave its green light to give more COVID-19 doses to the younger age group. Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said on Friday that the HTAC had submitted its recommendation for the rollout of booster shots for the 12 to 17 age group. ADVERTISEMENT“For the 12 to 17 [age group], there is already a recommendation from HTAC for booster. According to Cabotaje, who is the NVOC chair, there is still no go-signal for the rollout of second booster shot for the general adult population. RELATED STORY:Frontliners, elderly may now avail 2nd COVID-19 booster shot – DOHFor more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
June 18, 2022 00:50 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Humanitarian organizations are seeking assistance for several areas hit by Typhoon Odette last December, as dengue infections have risen among survivors. In Caraga, we’re seeing a steep rise in dengue cases in Surigao and Dinagat Islands, which are also among the most affected by Super typhoon Odette,” she added. “As a Category 5 tropical cyclone, Super typhoon Odette’s destruction really affected a large population — 12 million people in 10 regions in the country. While the death toll is fortunately not as high as Super typhoon Haiyan’s in 2013, it deeply affected the livelihood and living conditions of survivors,” Dulce said. This makes it even harder to recover from the multiple impacts of the super typhoon,” Oxfam said.
June 17, 2022 21:00 UTC
Outgoing chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said they are doing everything they can to create favorable conditions for it to happen, including strictly following the Covid restrictions. Lam reiterated yesterday that she would not significantly relax existing social distancing measures during her tenure, which ends in two weeks. Rather, social distancing measures will mostly be carried forward for another 14 days from tomorrow. Lam also said that the pandemic situation in Hong Kong is currently under control. While robberies, burglaries, woundings and serious drug crimes have declined, homicides, frauds and other crimes have become more prevalent.
June 17, 2022 12:18 UTC
Customs officers have on Friday arrested a salesman of a medicine shop in Tai Wai suspected to have applied a false trade description in the course of selling a proprietary medicine, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. A Customs spokesman said they have received information alleging that the salesman was suspected of making a false claim in the course of selling a medicine by saying that it was a particular brand of medicine. “However, the customer later found that the medicine was not the brand specified by her,” said the spokesman. It is understood that the falsified medicine’s package, name, as well as the medicine itself are similar to an authentic brand of the medicine. Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who, in the course of any trade or business, applies a false trade description to any goods commits an offense.
June 17, 2022 12:18 UTC
LONDON — Russia has already “strategically lost” its war with Ukraine, suffering heavy losses and strengthening NATO, the UK’s chief of defense staff said in an interview published on Friday. Russia will never take control of Ukraine,” said Tony Radakin, the country’s highest-ranking military officer, adding it would emerge a “more diminished power.”ADVERTISEMENT“Russia has strategically lost already. NATO is stronger, Finland and Sweden are looking to join,” he told Britain’s domestic Press Association news agency. “The Russian machine is grinding away, and it’s gaining a couple of — two, three, five — kilometers every day,” the admiral said. “We’ve been providing anti-tank weapons, there are other elements that we’re providing and that will continue,” he said.
June 17, 2022 11:40 UTC
AFP PHOTOLondon, United Kingdom: Russia has already "strategically lost" its war with Ukraine, suffering heavy losses and strengthening NATO, the UK's chief of defense staff said in an interview published on Friday. Russia will never take control of Ukraine," said Tony Radakin, the country's highest-ranking military officer, adding it would emerge a "more diminished power". "Russia has strategically lost already. "And Russia has vulnerabilities because it's running out of people, it's running out of high-tech missiles. "President Putin has used about 25 percent of his army's power to gain a tiny amount of territory and 50,000 people either dead or injured.
June 17, 2022 11:27 UTC