Many of the classics of the genre came from just one company, the Manchester-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler Albert Fisher, which at various times in the 1980s and 1990s blamed riots, earthquakes, hurricanes, the El Nino weather system and a poor pea harvest for below-par sales or profits. … [Read more...] about Will coronavirus be latest ready-made excuse for poor company performance?
Countries which celebrate chinese new year
The only signs of recent human presence were a small wilted bunch of lotuses, a couple of red candles and a small, locked red tin box. According to a watchman, the only regular visitor is a Thai businessman and gambler, to whom Pol Pot appeared in a dream 10 years ago and provided the winning lottery numbers. The watchman said the gambler comes once a month, taking a break from a new casino built on the border nearby, to leave flowers and fruit. More Thai gamblers have followed his example, hoping to emulate his luck, and recently visitor figures have risen to about 50 a month. With traffic on the rise, a new concrete booth is planned for the watchman. … [Read more...] about Among the ghosts of Cambodia’s killing fields: on the set of Angelina Jolie’s new film
January 9: The first death from the virus is confirmed in Wuhan. The patient is a 61-year-old man who was admitted to hospital on December 27. January 7: Chinese authorities say they have isolated the virus. They announce that it belongs to the coronavirus family, which typically spread via airborne droplets of fluid from infected individuals. January 6: Investigations by Chinese officials rule out the virus being bird flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS). January 1: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies the Huanan Seafood Market, known for selling exotic meats like snake and porcupine, as the likely source of the virus. 2019 December 31: China alerts the World Health Organisation (WHO) that several people in Wuhan, the largest city in the Chinese province of Hubei, have reported flu-like symptoms. Italy Coronavirus lockdown: Officials struggle to contain worst outbreak … [Read more...] about Coronavirus map: How far has the deadly bug spread?
China is in the midst of a public health crisis as a new strain of coronavirus, from the family of viruses that gave rise to Sars, has swept the country. Officials said the nation was now at the most critical stage of prevention and control, especially as China prepares to celebrate the lunar new year on 25 January and hundreds of millions will crisscross the country. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: China bars 11m residents from leaving city at centre of outbreak
Families cut back on other household spending "across the board," said Michael Seth, professor of Korean history at James Madison University in the US and author of a book on South Korea's education zeal. "There is less money to spend on other things like housing, retirement, or vacations." … [Read more...] about Asia’s parents suffering ‘education fever’