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Why Hong Kong’s “zero-covid” strategy could backfire

The Economist – 6 October 2021 The people of Hong Kong can enjoy freedom within their own borders however are subject to strict immigration and quarantine rules out-with as a result of a no-toleration approach to the pandemic. The Economist explains why Hong Kong’s ‘zero-Covid’ strategy has resulted in a population with high vaccine-hesitancy and…

Asian countries are at last abandoning zero-covid strategies

The Economist – 9 October 2021 “Yet those with a good first act are struggling in the second. The coronavirus, especially the highly infectious Delta variant, usually has the last word”. According to this article on The Economist, despite the risks of low vaccination rates, Southeast Asian countries opening up their economies are right to…

Coronavirus: Southeast Asian countries choose to reopen, balancing virus with economy

Bloomberg, South China Morning Post – 13 September 2021 Despite experiencing one of the worst waves of infections, countries in Southeast Asia are slowly concluding that their un-sustainable ‘zero-Covid’ policies are crippling the domestic economy. Replicating Singapore’s strategy, they are choosing to open up their economies. Read the full article here.

This Nurse Trained for the Olympics While Fighting on the Frontlines

Chaunie Brusie, nurse.org – 26 July 2021 Singaporean Joan Poh, 30 years old, is both an Olympic athlete and a dialysis nurse. The New York Times recently published a profile on Poh, recounting her heroism during the pandemic, her working-class background and her struggle to fit in both her demanding frontline job and Olympic training…

Asean needs to stay neutral and united amid US-China tensions: Tommy Koh

Eileen Ng, The Straits Times – 26 May 2021 Tommy Koh, Singapore’s ‘ambassador-at-large’, said in a recent webinar that what makes Asean countries the coordinator of regional operations is their neutrality and efforts to unite in the face of China-U.S. tensions. Professor Koh stated “Our strategy is to be a friend of both the US…

JPMAM unveils two green funds for retail investors in Singapore

Rupert Walker, International Advisor – 31 March 2021 JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has registered two new green funds in Singapore for retail investors. The chief executive for Singapore and southeast Asia at JPMAM, Sherene Ban, says “Singaporeans are increasingly looking at sustainable investing criteria when selecting investments, driven by a few different factors”. Read the…

The future of work in a post-COVID world

Nurhuda Syed, Human Resources Director – 25 March 2021 The Monetary Authority of Singapore and The Association of Banks in Singapore conducted a joint study into best practises of pandemic-proof and progressive working practises. This article in Human Resources Director details their findings and suggestions for helping companies build resilience in their workplace, including reorganising…

Singapore Art Week 2021: 5 Digital Highlights

Hashirin Nurin Hashimi, Tatler Singapore – 22 January 2021 The pandemic has caused industries to adapt to an unprecedented environment, with home-working, digitalisation and new technologies becoming the norm of day-to-day life. This is no different for the arts industry, with Singapore Art Week 2021 adopting this new means of reality to present this year’s…