REUTERS WASHINGTON/TOKYO -- Air travelers to the United States will face tougher coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing rules, as several countries moved to seal-off their borders amid heightened uncertainty around the virulence of the Omicron variant and its ability to dodge existing vaccines. In Asia-Pacific, Japan and Hong Kong said they would expand travel curbs, while Australia braced for more ...

REUTERS ISRAEL's Tel Aviv has leapfrogged Hong Kong and Singapore to become the world's most expensive city to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The Israeli city climbed from fifth place last year to top the Worldwide Cost of Living 2021 report for the first time, pushing Paris down to joint second place with Singapore. Zurich and ...

REUTERS FORMER Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said China should be aware that any crisis with Taiwan would pull in Japan and its ally the US, warning of a dire situation if Beijing takes military action against Taipei. Delivering a speech by video to an audience in Taiwan on Wednesday, Mr. Abe said actions of an increasingly powerful China toward ...

PEXELS-ICONCOM By Bronte H. Lacsamana The best bet to ensure food security and growth in Southeast Asia is to invest in technology which can provide solutions to food wastage and supply chain disruptions, according to business leaders at a virtual roundtable on building resilient and sustainable food supply chains, held by enterprise application software group SAP. "Turning produce into food ...

By Patricia Mirasol Edukasyon.ph, an education technology (edtech) company, has redesigned its homepage to cater to its key market: students and young professionals. Inspired by user insight on self-discovery, the latest iteration features personality and aspiration quizzes, lessons presented as gamified quests, and a career guide with sections on internship, career, and job listings. This redesign, the company said, increased ...

By Patricia Mirasol Five awardees were honored at the 63rd Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation presentation ceremonies on Nov. 30. The awardees are Roberto "Ka Dodoy" A. Ballon, a fisherman and community environmentalist from the Philippines; Steven Muncy, a humanitarian and peace builder working all over Southeast Asia; Muhammad Amjad Saqib, a poverty alleviation visionary from Pakistan; Firdausi Qadri, an affordable ...

SINGAPORE - Researchers in Singapore have developed a smart bandage to enable patients to have chronic wounds monitored remotely via an app on a mobile device, potentially saving them visits to the doctor. A research team at the National University of Singapore has created a wearable sensor attached to a transparent bandage to track progress in healing, using information like ...

HONG KONG - Embattled gambling group Suncity Group Holdings has closed all of its VIP gaming rooms in Macau, the world's largest gambling hub, after the company's CEO was arrested, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters. The shutting of the company's VIP rooms will result in a cut of around a third of its Macau headcount, ...

EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG SYDNEY - Australian authorities on Wednesday flagged another probable case of the Omicron variant in Sydney as they braced for more infections after at least two international travellers visited several locations in the city while likely infectious. Officials in New South Wales (NSW), home to Sydney, said initial testing "strongly indicates" a man in his 40s, who arrived from ...