Break for Asia’s clogged capitals as coronavirus curbs traffic

An average 400,000 of those use EDSA on a typical day, according to the transport authority, but strict lockdown laws in the Philippines – which has 3,870 confirmed cases – have slashed traffic volume by a staggering 96% compared to a year ago, according to TomTom data.

Coronavirus could cut costs in world’s most expensive cities

“It’s probably going to have a bigger impact in terms of that dampening trend on the top 10 cities because if you look at the some of the cities in the bottom 10, tourism isn’t going to affect Damascus particularly or Caracas.”

Transcript: Dr. David Agus speaks with Michael Morell on “Intelligence Matters”

Ha-ha. Viruses are a part of nature that were meant to actually speed up and help with evolution. They transfer DNA from species to species. And they’re actually part of us, and have enabled the evolution tree to happen. And so viruses are common. If we look at our genome there are gobs of viruses […]

Coronavirus update: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey makes $US1b donation, Australia’s death toll hits 50 after Ruby Princess-related death, John Prine dies

The controversy started when Mr Modly fired the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week, saying Captain Brett E Crozier had shown “extremely poor judgment” in widely distributing by email a letter calling for urgent help with the COVID-19 outbreak aboard his ship.

How ‘Harry Potter’ and J.K. Rowling are giving hope to people during the pandemic

In India, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested citizens across the country to switch their lights for nine minutes to show a sense of solidarity against the ‘darkness’ of the coronavirus, many even compared it to Dumbeldore’s iconic quote from Prisoner of Azkaban (along with a spate of memes): “Happiness can be found, even in […]

Rashmi Shaarvi: I did not expect the song to become so popular

Future plans for Rashmi include experimenting with different Kannada dialects. “I love Kannada, and would like to savour the flavour of the language from different parts of Karnataka. I am working on a love song in Kundapura Kannada and another song in Kannada from Hubli Uttara Karnataka describing the life of people there.”

London copper eases as pandemic hits demand, supply worries limit losses

SINGAPORE: London copper prices eased on Wednesday from a three-week high hit in the previous session as the new coronavirus pandemic continued to dampen demand, but suspensions of mining operations in Africa and Latin America lent some support. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was down 0.1 per cent to $5,034.50 a tonne […]

One coronavirus, 195 playbooks. Can the world stop a pandemic?

New cases were reported this week in Brazil and Nigeria, increasingly signaling that the virus will reach all corners of the world and that the effort to stay ahead of it will be prolonged, with no end in sight. The novel virus sends shudders daily across the planet, canceling concerts and sporting events, and raising […]

These foods are banned around the world

01/5You will not find these foods in certain parts of the world You might know of foods for specific reasons, be it famous foods or specialties or even foods that are healthy as well as unhealthy. But did you know that there are foods which are banned around the world? Yes, that’s true! There is […]

Jet fuel refining margins turn negative as airlines ground fleets

“We expect global jet/kero demand to fall by 4.3 million barrels per day (bpd) quarter-on quarter in Q2-2020 to just 2.5 million bpd, representing a year-on-year decline of 5.6 million bpd (-70%) as air passenger travel activity is reduced to a minimum.”