Japan mulls extending travel subsidy campaign past January
The Japanese government is considering extending its domestic travel subsidy program beyond late January due to the need for continued support for the struggling tourism industry, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.Although a new end date is yet to be determined, some ruling party members are calling for an extension through spring for the "Go To Travel" campaign, which was launched in late July to revive domestic tourism and consumption battered by the coronavirus pandemic, they said.The government will look into drafting a third supplementary budget for fiscal 2020 as well as us...
Why a coronavirus vaccine is politically valuable to China
By William Wang and Holly SnapeHundreds of people have been queueing in the city of Yiwu in eastern China in recent days to get an experimental vaccine for Covid-19. Although the vaccine is yet to complete its clinical trials, it was reportedly given to hundreds of thousands of people in the past few months, and is now being offered under an emergency use licence to the general public.Around the world, as first waves pass and new waves close in, a coronavirus vaccine has become a focus of hope. For China, quick progress on the vaccine is a matter of both domestic and international politics.In ...
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Western Australia: Covid-19 Hard Border Causing Hardship
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/10/202010asia_australia_border.jpg(Perth) – Strict restrictions imposed by the Western Australian government since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic on people entering the state are causing undue hardship for families, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should make more exceptions for compassionate cases, prioritize family reunions, provide greater transparency about the approval process, and provide clearer explanations to people who have been refused permission to return to their home state.“Governments can restrict people’s move...
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FG empowers artisans, begins payment of N30,000 one-off support grant
The federal government on Tuesday said it has commenced the payment of a N30,000 one-time grant to 330,000 artisans across the country, as part of the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan.The payments are being made to sets of verified beneficiaries of the Artisan Support Scheme, a track under the MSMEs Survival Fund.In the first stream of payments which started on Tuesday, beneficiaries were drawn from the FCT, Lagos, Ondo, Kaduna, Borno, Kano, Bauchi, Anambra, Abia, Rivers, Plateau and Delta States.According to the statement by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Pres...
Warehouse Invasion: Taraba government vows to go after looters
The Taraba State Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu on Monday said the State government would go after the people that looted government facilities and private property of citizens.Manu disclosed this when he inspected the destruction at the Hope Afresh Foundation a non-governmental organisation of the wife of the Governor, Anna Darius Ishaku at Kona road in Jalingo.The Deputy Governor who expressed disappointment over damages caused by the looters said the government will go after them to prevent a reoccurrence.“This is really unfortunate. This is not government property. This is an initiative of t...
Charter change bill next week, says PM
Anti-government demonstrators march along Rama IV Road from Samyan intersection to the German embassy on Sathon Road in the evening.A bid to amend the 2017 constitution is likely when parliament meets next month.Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told a special meeting on Monday that the scrutiny process should be completed by December.Speaking before a joint session of MPs and senators to discuss a solution to the political conflict, Prayut said the government had been trying to solve it as quickly as possible.He reminded MPs that his government had held talks on charter amendments with the lea...
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DOJ-led task force to probe corruption in ‘entire government’
DOJ-led task force to probe corruption in ‘entire government’(Philstar.com) – October 27, 2020 – 9:25amMANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said the task force ordered to probe allegations of corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation will also investigate other government agencies.In a speech aired Tuesday morning, Duterte said he has directed the Department of Justice to look into allegations of corruption in all agencies of government.“I hope all government workers, officials are listening. This is a memorandum from me to Secretary Menardo Guevarra. The subject is ...
U.S. launches new center to fight human trafficking
The U.S. government is committed to ending human trafficking and is launching a new center dedicated to combating this horrific crime.“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on October 20 at the launch of the Center for Countering Human Trafficking. “There is no other way to say it.”The center is the U.S. government’s first integrated law enforcement operations center focused on human trafficking to support federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations, victim assistance efforts and intelligence analysis, according to the U.S....
Charter change boost
Charter change boost Govt to present bill next week, says PMA bid to amend the 2017 constitution is likely to be hastened when parliament reconvenes next month after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told a special meeting on Monday that the scrutiny process should be completed by December.Speaking before a joint session of MPs and senators to discuss a solution to the political conflict, Gen Prayut said the government had been trying to solve it as quickly as possible.He reminded MPs that his government had held talks on charter amendments with the leaders of the coalition parties on Oct 6. He...
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Lithuania's president makes post-election pandemic plea to government
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called on the government to keep up its efforts to fight the coronavirus on Monday, following the victory of the opposition conservatives in elections a day earlier.Lawmakers were responsible for managing the crisis up until their last day in office, Nauseda said, following a meeting with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Ramunas Karbauskis, who heads the Union of Farmers and Greens."We are seeing truly alarming numbers and statistics showing how the coronavirus is spreading, and there is work that we need to do soon," Nauseda said, according to BNS new...