Madiskarteng Boss 20: Les Aunor Meat Shop

Tonette’s business was conceptualized at a very inconspicuous time: over dinner with a group of friends. There was a mention of a meat shop in Farmer’s Market looking for someone to take over. In the beginning, she was told not to waste her time in building an audience on Facebook because meat is usually purchased in markets. Fast forward to …

Bali’s Kuta Beach cleared of tons of plastic waste

Tons of trash have washed onto Bali’s famous Kuta Beach, prompting locals to spend the first day of the new year staging a cleanup. Residents on the Indonesian island cleared 30 tons of marine debris from the beach. “Some 70 percent of the marine debris is plastic waste,” the Udayana Regional Military Command explained. The trash was reportedly loaded onto …

World Bank sees more countries in ‘deep debt distress’ this year

Chad and several other countries are already in deep debt distress and more will join their ranks this year, given the severity of the global recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, World Bank Group President David Malpass said. The African oil producer Chad may need a deep reduction in the net present value of its debt, and creditors would need …

Singapore reveals COVID privacy data available to police

Singapore admitted data from its COVID contact tracing program can also be accessed by police, reversing earlier privacy assurances. Officials previously explicitly ruled out the data would be used for anything other than virus tracking. But parliament was told it could also be used “for the purpose of criminal investigation.” Close to 80% of residents are signed up to the …

PSG to submit monthly reports on men who got COVID-19 vaccines

The Presidential Security Group will have to submit monthly reports on its personnel that have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said as he emphasized that what the guards did was dangerous. Duque said PSG Commander Brigadier General Jesus Durante has agreed to turn over a list of the personnel who received the vaccine and adopt a “monitoring …

The history of vaccines

The first proper vaccination is said to have taken place in 1796, when English physician Edward Jenner injected an eight-year-old boy to protect him from smallpox. But as is so often the case, the story goes back much further – and farther away from Europe – than that. Evidence suggests that as far back as 1000 BC, Chinese medics practiced …

The Mandalorian is the most pirated TV show of 2020

When “Game of Thrones” ended, so too did its yearly reign as the most pirated television series. Last year, Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” officially usurped the title, according to TorrentFreak, a blog dedicated to the latest news and trends on the BitTorrent protocol and file sharing. Previously the third most downloaded show in 2019, it took the number one spot last …

Fashion lookahead: Tie-dye

2020 was a year of facemasks, slippers and jogging bottoms as the country worked from home and social events were cancelled. Still, we’re feeling more confident about our predictions for 2021.Nothing is as stylish as looking like you’ve been sneezed on by a unicorn, and with so many people stuck at home in the past year, DIY tie-dyeing maintained its …

Thailand bans food, drink, newspapers and magazines on domestic flights

Thailand has banned food, drink and any printed materials other than safety information cards on board domestic flights. The airlines will have to follow the regulations or could face possible penalty from their regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. This is the second time that such a move has been taken. Thailand previously banned in-flight food and drink service …