New HKFP website from Monday; mobile apps to be temporarily disabled
Hong Kong Free Press
Dieter Kurtenbach: We're all asking the wrong question about the return of sports
SAN JOSE, Calif. — When will sports resume? Everyone has a thought. The North American professional sports leagues are hoping for late May, early June. Per ESPN, President Trump told commissioners Saturday that he hopes leagues can resume — with fans in the stands — in August or September.Yes, it’s his hope that the NFL starts, with fans in the stands, on time.California Governor Gavin Newsom disagrees. “I’m not anticipating that happening in this state,” he said Saturday.It’s fair to wonder and project, when normal — or whatever normal will be after this pandemic — will return, but the truth ...
The Mercury News
US expands Navy presence in Caribbean. Is military action against Maduro more likely?
MIAMI — When President Donald Trump weighed the options earlier last year to address the political and humanitarian consequences of Nicolás Maduro’s tight grip on power in Venezuela, he realized his harsh rhetoric against the South American leader was not backed up by a show of force in the region.That was corrected Wednesday, as Trump, surrounded by the country’s top officials, announced an expanded military presence near the Venezuelan shores that had been unseen for decades.Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, National Security Council Director Robert O’Brien and Attorney General William Barr a...
'Heartbreaking news': Coral Princess cruise ship, with 2 deaths aboard, docks in Miami
MIAMI — Two people have died aboard the Coral Princess, which docked in Port Miami Saturday morning and began to unload people shortly after.Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said two people were taken from the ship to Larkin Community Hospital. Three others are being sent to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa for treatment. During an online press conference, Gimenez offered condolences to family members of two passengers who died aboard the Princess. “It’s heartbreaking news,” he said.Gimenez said about 65 passengers and crew members will remain on the ship under quarantine. He said that group was ...
New York 'getting closer' to reaching coronavirus peak as 630 die in a day, Gov. Cuomo reports
NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that New York state is “getting closer” to reaching the worst of the coronavirus crisis as 630 New Yorkers died in the past day and positive cases soared past 113,000.“We’ve been talking about hitting the apex, where the number of new infections is at its high point,” he said. “We’re not yet at the apex (but) we’re getting closer.”The grim new figures offered few signs of hope as over 3,500 New Yorkers have died from the virus, about half the national death toll.More than 10,000 people tested positive in the past 24 hours, a new record high. About 60%...
New York Daily News
A global coalition to accelerate COVID-19 clinical research in low income countries
To accelerate COVID-19 related clinical research, especially in resource- limited settings, the Lancet has announced a global coalition of a number of scientists, doctors, policy makers, academia and funders from over 70 institutions across 30 countries. The global pandemic getting out of hands is the biggest fear and horror that has overwhelmed the entire world. With death and suffering disrupting even the most advanced health care systems of developed countries, low and middle income nations like Africa, Latin America and Asia, where resources are already constrained, are all the more overbu...
Asia virus latest: China mourns dead, S. Korea extends social distancing
Hong Kong (AFP) - Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the coronavirus pandemic:China mourns virus victimsChina came to a standstill to mourn the patients and medical staff who died because of the coronavirus outbreak, with the country observing a nationwide three-minute silence.At 10 am Saturday, Citizens paused as cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air-raid sirens rang out in memory of the more than 3,000 lives lost to the virus in mainland China.In Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the national flag flew at half-mast, and state media showed President Xi Jinping and oth...
Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sends deadly mixed messages on coronavirus
Gov. Ron DeSantis made a deadly gamble in delaying a statewide stay-at-home order for weeks, a decision that could cause many more Floridians to die of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The governor finally imposed a statewide stay-at-home order, which took effect on Thursday at midnight, after talking to President Donald Trump. But he also overrode more-restrictive orders imposed by many cities and counties, including those in South Florida’s hotspot.DeSantis’s ninth-inning orders are another example of how Florida’s governor is leading from behind on the pandemic, trailin...
COVID-19 to drag developing Asia growth to 2.2% in 2020 from 5.2% last year: ADB | Daily FT
MANILA (Philippines): Regional economic growth in developing Asia will decline sharply in 2020 due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, before recovering in 2021, according to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) annual flagship economic publication.The report forecasts regional growth of 2.2% in 2020, a downward revision of 3.3 percentage points relative to the 5.5% ADB had forecast in September 2019. Growth is expected to rebound to 6.2% in 2021, assuming that the outbreak ends and activity normalises.Excluding the newly industr...
Daily Financial Times
3M accepts US move on mask production, but criticizes a clampdown on exports
MINNEAPOLIS — 3M on Friday said it would work with the government to boost the availability of its respirator masks in the U.S. under the Defense Production Act, but it rejected suggestions by President Donald Trump and others that it was helping higher-paying customers elsewhere ahead of sick Americans.The Maplewood-based company said it has worked transparently with the Trump administration since February, increased its capacity to make N95 respirator masks and tried to route them to the areas with the most critical needs.“The narrative that we are not doing everything we can to maximize del...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)