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Malaysia to charge Top Glove over poor worker accommodation, government says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia said on Tuesday it would file charges against Top Glove Corp because of poor worker accommodation provided by the world’s biggest maker of medical gloves. FILE PHOTO: A worker inspects newly-made gloves at Top Glove factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File PhotoThe Labour Department, part of the Ministry of Human Resources, launched investigations into worker accommodation and hostels after last month’s COVID-19 outbreak at a Top Glove factory in an industrial area near the capital Kuala Lumpur. Top Glove said it was working to improve accommodation by Dec. 31, the end of a grace period for employers to meet new government rules on accommodation standards. Responding to comments by the Malaysian authorities about its accommodation, Top Glove said: “Efforts to source more accommodation and to improve existing worker accommodation are ongoing, in view of the large number of workers we employ.”It said it expected to complete this around Dec. 31.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Asri Ab Rahman, Organizations: Reuters, Corp, REUTERS, Labour Department, Ministry of Human Resources, Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, United States
"We have agreed to temporarily exclude trips destined for the cities of Sapporo and Hokkaido from the travel campaign," Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Tuesday. "It's going to be an extraordinary logistic challenge," David Salisbury, the British government's former director of immunization, told NBC News. Lim Huey Teng / Reuters Malaysia will close some factories of the world’s largest maker of latex gloves in stages as it moves to screen employees for Covid-19 after more than 2,000 workers tested positive, authorities said. But 28 factory buildings will be shut in phases after 2,453 workers tested positive for the virus, from 5,767 screened, the country's director-general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Monday. The king, 52, has cancelled his public appearances during the quarantine period after the person tested positive on Monday, one day after they were in close contact, the source added.
Persons: Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah, King Felipe, Andres Ballesteros, King Felipe VI, Letizia Organizations: Japan, NBC, quarantines, Reuters, Covid, Royal, France Locations: Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Europe, North America, Oviedo
Japan pauses domestic travel push in two cities as Covid spreads
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
SEE NEW POSTSJapan pauses domestic travel push in two cities as Covid spreads TOKYO - Japan paused its domestic "Go To Travel" promotion campaign in two cities following sharp rises in COVID-19 infections, a government minister said on Tuesday, a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's plan to help prop up regional economies. Critics of the program had said it risked spreading the infection from major cities to the countryside. "We have agreed to temporarily exclude trips destined for the cities of Sapporo and Hokkaido from the travel campaign," Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Tuesday. But 28 factory buildings will be shut in phases after 2,453 workers tested positive for the virus, from 5,767 screened, the country's director-general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Monday. The king, 52, has cancelled his public appearances during the quarantine period after the person tested positive on Monday, one day after they were in close contact, the source added.
Persons: Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah, King Felipe, Andres Ballesteros, King Felipe VI, Letizia Organizations: Japan, NBC, quarantines, Reuters, Covid, Royal, France Locations: Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Europe, North America, Oviedo
SEE NEW POSTSCreating a Covid-19 vaccine is only the first step. "It's going to be an extraordinary logistic challenge," David Salisbury, the British government's former director of immunization, told NBC News. The change will bring the rules governing quarantines in England more in line with other European countries, including Germany. But 28 factory buildings will be shut in phases after 2,453 workers tested positive for the virus, from 5,767 screened, the country's director-general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Monday. The king, 52, has cancelled his public appearances during the quarantine period after the person tested positive on Monday, one day after they were in close contact, the source added.
Persons: David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah, King Felipe, Andres Ballesteros, King Felipe VI, Letizia Organizations: NBC, quarantines, Reuters, Covid, Royal, France Locations: British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Europe, North America, Oviedo
South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSSouth Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe. Share this -Creating a Covid-19 vaccine is only the first step. The cases are the country’s largest active cluster and its second largest since the start of the pandemic. Spain, one of the epicenters of the early outbreak in Europe, has registered more than 1.58 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, western Europe’s second highest tally after France, and 43,131 deaths.
Persons: Korea toughens, Ed Jones, Jeong Eun Kyeong, Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah, King Felipe, Andres Ballesteros, King Felipe VI, Letizia Organizations: Getty, Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Japan, NBC, quarantines, Reuters, Covid, Royal, France Locations: Korea, Yeonnam, Seoul, AFP, U.S, Europe, Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, North America, Oviedo
Ohio shatters its single-day case record, U.S. counts its 20th day of 100,000-plus cases Ohio broke its single-day Covid-19 case record of 8,808 set Friday, reporting 11,885 cases Monday. The country's daily case average for the last week has been 171,820 cases per day, more than double the 84,718 per-day average four weeks ago. Other states setting single-day records Monday: Connecticut with a record 5,271 coronavirus cases*Kansas with 7,526 cases*Rhode Island with 2,572 cases*Virginia with 3,242 casesWyoming with 1,262 cases and 26 dead * These states didn't record cases over the weekend. Share this -South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe.
Persons: South Korea toughens, Ed Jones, Jeong Eun Kyeong, Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah Organizations: Ohio, NBC, Getty, Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Japan, quarantines, Reuters, Covid Locations: Connecticut, Kansas, Rhode, Virginia, Wyoming, South Korea, Yeonnam, Seoul, AFP, Korea, U.S, Europe, Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, North America
Danish zoo puts Santa inside snow globe to keep him Covid-safe
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSSouth Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe. "It's going to be an extraordinary logistic challenge," David Salisbury, the British government's former director of immunization, told NBC News. The cases are the country’s largest active cluster and its second largest since the start of the pandemic. Spain, one of the epicenters of the early outbreak in Europe, has registered more than 1.58 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, western Europe’s second highest tally after France, and 43,131 deaths.
Persons: Korea toughens, Ed Jones, Jeong Eun Kyeong, Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah, King Felipe, Andres Ballesteros, King Felipe VI, Letizia Organizations: Getty, Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Japan, NBC, quarantines, Reuters, Covid, Royal, France Locations: Korea, Yeonnam, Seoul, AFP, U.S, Europe, Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, North America, Oviedo
Malaysia to shut some factories of world's biggest latex glove maker
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSMalaysia to shut some factories of world's biggest latex glove maker Medical workers at a Top Glove hostel under enhanced lockdown in Klang, Malaysia on Nov. 18. Lim Huey Teng / Reuters Malaysia will close some factories of the world’s largest maker of latex gloves in stages as it moves to screen employees for Covid-19 after more than 2,000 workers tested positive, authorities said. But 28 factory buildings will be shut in phases after 2,453 workers tested positive for the virus, from 5,767 screened, the country's director-general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Monday. The cases are the country’s largest active cluster and its second largest since the start of the pandemic. Top Glove has around 16,000 employees and runs 47 factories across Malaysia, Thailand, China and Vietnam, with 36 of them producing gloves.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, battered by back-to-back setbacks in his desperate bid to overturn the U.S. presidential election, persisted with claims of massive voter fraud on Saturday, two weeks after Democrat Joe Biden was declared president-elect. His campaign has not been able to provide any evidence for its claims of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud, however. “To effectuate this strategy, Defendants are openly seeking to disenfranchise Black voters, including voters in Detroit, Michigan,” said the lawsuit. PRESSURE TO START FORMAL TRANSITIONBiden, who has denounced Trump’s attempt to reverse the election results as “totally irresponsible”, was due to spend Saturday meeting with transition advisers. Senior Republicans have remained largely silent about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but pressure was building after several voiced doubts on Friday.
Persons: Donald Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Lim Huey Teng Trump, Biden, Brad Raffensperger, Trump, Mike Shirkey, Lee Chatfield, , ” Trump, , Trump’s, Rudolph Giuliani Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrat, APEC, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Georgia, , Twitter, Trump, Electoral, Detroit, Wayne, Senior Republicans, General Services Administration Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Georgia, Michigan, ” Michigan, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Detroit , Michigan, Wayne County
U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on a screen attending the virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 20, 2020. His campaign has not provided evidence for its claims of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud. “Massive voter fraud will be shown!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Senior Republicans have remained largely silent about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but several voiced doubts on Friday. The single-day death toll surpassed 2,000 this week for the first time since late June, according to a Reuters tally.
Persons: Donald Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Lim Huey Teng, Biden, Trump, , ” Trump, Brian Kemp, counterprotest, “ Defendants, , Trump’s, ” Biden, Rudolph Giuliani Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrat, U.S, APEC, REUTERS, Republican, Republican National Committee, Michigan Republican Party, Department of State, Republicans, Democrats, Michigan, Twitter, Democratic, Georgia, Trump, statehouse, Electoral, Detroit, Senior Republicans, General Services Administration, Public, Reuters Locations: Michigan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wayne County, Black, Detroit, Washington, Georgia, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, Sterling , Virginia
Participants of the virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020 are seen on a screen, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 20, 2020. In the communique, the leaders said they recognised “the importance of a free, open, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent and predictable trade and investment environment” to drive growth during the crisis. It said Trump and APEC leaders had endorsed the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 “that will make free and fair trade the focus of the APEC agenda for the next two decades”. In his remarks on Friday, Xi called for free and open trade and investment, and support for multilateralism. BIGGEST CHALLENGEBefore the meeting, several APEC leaders warned against protectionism and expressed hope that a Biden administration will engage more and support multilateral trade.
Persons: Lim Huey, Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Muhyiddin Yassin, , Trump, Joe Biden, Trump’s, Xi, , Biden, Jacinda Ardern, Lee Hsien Loong, Chris Coons Organizations: Reuters, Asia Pacific, APEC, REUTERS, Lim Huey Teng, Economic Cooperation, China’s, U.S ., Malaysian, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive, multilateralism, Trans, Pacific, Pacific Partnership, , Zealand, Singapore, U.S Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Asia, U.S, China, United States, Chile, COVID, APEC Putrajaya, Pacific,
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A virtual summit of Asia Pacific leaders started on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in attendance to discuss the coronavirus crisis and global economic recovery amid lingering trade differences. A view shows virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 20, 2020. Asia Pacific leaders have called for more open and multilateral trade to support the economic recovery and warned against protectionist trade policies, with Xi saying unilateralism has added to global economic risks. The only time he has joined an APEC summit - held annually - was in 2017. Trump also missed two virtual Asia meetings last week: the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and the broader East Asia Summit.
Persons: Donald Trump, Xi, Lim Huey Teng, Trump, unilateralism, Muhyiddin Yassin, ” Muhyiddin, Jacinda Ardern, Yoshihide Suga, Vladamir Putin, Justin Trudeau, ” Ardern, Joe Biden Organizations: Reuters, Asia Pacific, U.S, APEC, REUTERS, Economic Cooperation, Trump, Malaysian, New Zealand, Canadian, Pacific Partnership, Regional Comprehensive, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, East Asia Summit Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, United States, China, Russian, Chile, Bogor
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s central bank provided a rosier growth outlook for 2021 after the economy suffered a smaller contraction in the third quarter, but said it would continue to help households and businesses withstand the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengGross domestic product fell 2.7% in July-September, smaller than the 3.2% decline forecast in a Reuters poll and showing a marked improvement on the 17.1% slump in the second quarter. The central bank said 125 basis points worth of rate cuts this year would support 2021 growth, but that it would continue to make “policy support and assistance” available. The BNM also revised its 2021 projections, raising the midpoint growth forecast to 7% from an earlier average of 6.75%. Barclays said it expected the central bank to leave rates unchanged throughout 2021, with a low risk of a 25 basis point cut.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, , Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, Alex Holmes Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Bank Negara Malaysia, Gross, Barclays, Capital Economics Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bank, COVID, , Asia
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s government announced an expansionary budget on Friday aimed at spurring domestic activity as the country grapples with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, setting aside concerns of a growing fiscal deficit for the time being. People dine in at a restaurant in front of Petronas Twin Towers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 5, 2020. Picture taken November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengHere are some highlights from the planned budget, including data from the fiscal and economic outlook reports released by the government ahead of the budget speech:2021 BUDGET* Expenditure to rise to 322.5 billion ringgit ($77.94 billion) in 2021 from 314.7 billion ringgit in 2020* Revenue to total 236.9 billion ringgit vs 227.3 billion ringgit in 2020* Operating expenditure seen at 236.5 billion ringgit* Development expenditure seen at 69 billion ringgit* COVID-19 fund allocation seen at 17 billion ringgit vs this year’s 38 billion ringgit* Dividend from state oil firm Petronas [PETR.UL] at 18 billion ringgit, down from this year’s 34 billion ringgitFISCAL TARGETS* Fiscal deficit to fall to 5.4% in 2021 from 6% in 2020 - the highest since 2009 global financial crisis* Current account surplus seen falling to 20.3 billion in 2021 from this year’s 48.5 billion ringgit due to an expansion of domestic industrial and investment activities* Forecasts fiscal deficit to average 4.5% between 2021 and 2023, assuming the economy grows at a pace of 4.5%-5.5% over the period and crude oil prices trades at $45-$55 per barrelECONOMY* Economy seen growing 6.5%-7.5% in 2021, after shrinking 4.5% this year* Gross exports to grow 2.7% after falling 5.2% in 2020* Inflation expected to normalise at 2.5% in 2021* Unemployment rate to drop to 3.5% in 2021 from 4.2% this year* Domestic demand seen rebounding 6.9% in 2021, after an expected fall of 3% this year due to lower private and public sector spending($1 = 4.1380 ringgit)
Persons: Lim Huey Teng Organizations: Reuters, Petronas Twin Towers, REUTERS, Petronas Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia unveiled an expansionary budget on Friday aimed at spurring domestic activity, according to government reports, as it grapples with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic amid rising political uncertainty. Malaysia's Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul holds a bag containing the 2021 budget as he poses for a picture outside Finance Ministry building, in Putrajaya, Malaysia November 6, 2020. A defeat of the budget would amount to a no confidence vote for Muhyiddin, and would plunge the country into more political instability. The budget comes as Malaysia’s economy has been hard hit by the pandemic. Revenue meanwhile is seen rising 4.2% to 236.9 billion ringgit next year, including an estimated 18 billion ringgit in dividends from state energy firm Petronas [PETR.UL].
Persons: Tengku Zafrul, Lim Huey Teng, Muhyiddin Yassin, ” Muhyiddin Organizations: Reuters, Malaysia's, Finance Ministry, REUTERS, Petronas Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Putrajaya, COVID
FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin wearing a protective mask arrives at a mosque for prayers, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Putrajaya, Malaysia August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File PhotoKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin called on lawmakers on Saturday to ensure the country’s 2021 budget is passed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. “I hope all parliamentarians can put aside political differences to ensure that the 2021 Budget is approved in the interest of the people and the country,” he said in a televised address. He also said elections that must be held in Sabah and Sarawak states despite a recent spike in COVID-19 infections, unless a state of emergency is declared.
Persons: Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Huey Teng, Organizations: Malaysia's, REUTERS, Reuters, Malaysia Prime Locations: Putrajaya, Malaysia, KUALA LUMPUR, Sabah, Sarawak, Sabah
FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin wearing a protective mask arrives at a mosque for prayers, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Putrajaya, Malaysia August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File PhotoKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin called on lawmakers on Saturday to ensure the country’s 2021 budget is passed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. “I hope all parliamentarians can put aside political differences to ensure that the 2021 Budget is approved in the interest of the people and the country,” he said in a televised address. He also said elections that must be held in Sabah and Sarawak states despite a recent spike in COVID-19 infections, unless a state of emergency is declared.
Persons: Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Huey Teng, Organizations: Malaysia's, REUTERS, Reuters, Malaysia Prime Locations: Putrajaya, Malaysia, KUALA LUMPUR, Sabah, Sarawak, Sabah
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