Tue, 05 Jul 2022

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said Wednesday that it will distribute about 180,000 sets of COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) kits to people in some areas of the city as part of a follow-up on recent detection of the COVID-19 virus in sewage samples.

The test kits will be distributed to residents, cleaning workers, and property management staff working in the areas with positive sewage testing results showing relatively high viral loads, in order to help identify infected persons, it said. (HKSAR-RAT Kits-Distribution)

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YANGON -- Farmers in central Myanmar's Pyin Oo Lwin town have been recently provided with macadamia saplings and husking machines under the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Special Fund, the Chinese Embassy to Myanmar said in a statement Wednesday.

The Lancang-Mekong Region Macadamia Farmers' Agricultural Production and Technical Development project was recently implemented in Mandalay region's Pyin Oo Lwin town, and 118 farmers were provided with 30,282 Macadamia saplings and 206 sets of Macadamia husking machines, the statement said. (Myanmar-Macadamia Saplings-LMC Special Fund)

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DHAKA -- China's telecom giant Huawei on Wednesday said its cloud service is gaining popularity in the Bangladeshi market.

The company said the Bangladeshi government is using HUAWEI CLOUD in meeting myriads of digital needs, with many leading local and multinational companies also benefiting from the cloud service. (Huawei-Bangladesh-Cloud Service)

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MANILA -- The Philippine Congress on Wednesday proclaimed Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos as the winner of the presidential election, succeeding Rodrigo Duterte, who will step down in June after six years in office.

Marcos, son of former president Ferdinand Marcos and popularly known as Bongbong, received over 31 million votes, or more than 58 percent of the votes cast, defeating incumbent Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, who earned over 15 million votes. (Philippine Congress-Marcos-Election Winner)

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SYDNEY -- Weather analyses from Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) have revealed that more above-average rainfall is possible in the coming winter and spring months.

A BoM climate driver update released on Tuesday forecast the possibility of a negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which measures differences in sea-surface temperatures across the ocean, developing in the coming months. (Australia-Rainfall-BoM)

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