Wednesday's Sports in Brief

BASEBALL NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is cracking down on coronavirus safety protocols, mandating that players and staff wear face coverings at all times, including in the d...

Is it safe to reopen schools during the pandemic?

Is it safe for schools to reopen during the pandemic? It depends on how widespread COVID-19 infections are in the community and the safety measures the school takes. In areas where t...

Chinese virologist claims coronavirus derived from 'Zhoushan bat virus'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese virologist and whistleblower on Wednesday (Aug. 5) claimed the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is a chimera based on the "Zhoushan bat virus" and chastise...

Closed for vacation: France faces new virus testing troubles

PARIS (AP) — With virus cases rising anew, France is struggling to administer enough tests to keep up with demand. One reason: Many testing labs are closed so that their staff can take summer vacation...

CPA Australia: Hong Kong Businesses to Lead the Way in Fintech Usage in the Coming 12 Months

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 6 August 2020 - Hong Kong businesses have embraced FinTech and are reaping the benefits, experiencing improved business efficiency, cost savings and an enhanced cus...

Another Australian university limits academic freedom due to Chinese pressure

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Charles Darwin University (CDU) has become the second Australian educational institution to give in to pressure from its Chinese students this week, apologizing for a staf...

LEADING OFF: Hitters slumping, cutdown day, Scherzer's exit

A look at what's happening around the majors today: OFF BASE Star hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season whe...

Etiqa pledges to support healthcare personnel in Singapore with free COVID-19 benefit including personal accident cover

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 6 August 2020 - Local insurer Etiqa announced its support for healthcare personnel in Singapore amid Phase Two of the city state's reopening. All staff working in the loca...

Taiwan reports new imported coronavirus case from S. Africa

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Aug. 6) announced a new case of Wuhan coronavirus, imported from South Africa, bringing the total number o...

Asia Today: Central Japan region put under virus emergency

The governor of Japan's Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday (Aug 6) asked businesses to c...

Bank of England holds interest rates at record low

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England left its benchmark interest rate at a record low of 0.1% amid caution about how rapidly the United Kingdom will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Toyota's profit plunges as pandemic halves vehicle sales

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota’s profit plunged 74% in the last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic sank vehicle sales to about half of what the top Japanese automaker sold the previous year. ...

Toews' 2nd goal breaks late tie, Blackhawks beat Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Highmore tied the score with 5:47 left in the third period, and Jonathan Toews got his second of the game 4 1/2 minutes later to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win ...

COVID-19 quarantine lapses often start at the top Down Under

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — From a renowned rugby league coach eating lunch at an Italian restaurant in Sydney to an Aussie rules great playing tennis with Australia’s Fed Cup captain across the countr...

Canadian pastor guilty of defying Myanmar's coronavirus law

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced the Canadian pastor of an evangelical church to three months imprisonment after finding him guilty of violating a law intended to combat...