March’s warm weather to continue in April but with more showers expected: Weatherman, Environment News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The warmer than usual weather in March is expected to continue in April, but there could be some relief as more rain is also forecast for the next two weeks. The weatherman said on Wednesday (April 1) that April is typically one of the hottest months of the year, with high lightning activity, and that the first half of the month is likely to see short thundery showers across many parts of Singapore on most afternoons. On one or two days, thundery showers could extend into the evening.…

19th Shangri-La Dialogue, scheduled for June, called off due to coronavirus outbreak, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – This year’s Shangri-La Dialogue – a top-level regional security forum hosted by Singapore – will no longer be held from June 5 to 7 as scheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which organises the annual forum, said it has decided in close consultation with the Singapore Government not to convene this year’s edition. The Straits Times had first reported on the forum’s cancellation, based on sources familiar with the matter. In a statement on Friday (March 27), the London-based IISS noted…

Phoenix’s 4 top spots for inexpensive desserts

Need more desserts in your life? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable dessert hot spots in Phoenix, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges. 1. Novel Photo: christopher k./Yelp Topping the list is a member of the chain Novel. Located at 1028 Grand Ave., Suite 6, in Central City, the spot to score ice cream and frozen yogurt is the highest-rated budget-friendly dessert spot in Phoenix, boasting five stars out of 722 reviews on…

Sea levels in Singapore 14cm above pre-1970 levels: Meteorological Service Singapore, Environment News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – As the world warms and ice caps melt, global sea levels are rising including around Singapore. The island’s average sea level today is 14cm above pre-1970 levels, said the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) on Monday (March 23) in its annual climate assessment report. Global warming has led to several consequences, noted the weatherman, with rising sea levels being one of them. “Warming oceans cause sea level to rise,” said the MSS report. Water expands when heated, and this contributes to sea-level rise. “Similarly, melting of glaciers, Greenland and…

U.S. ‘looking at’ CalPERS holdings in Chinese defense firms: top White House official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is “looking at” investments in Chinese military companies by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A sign at California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) headquarters in Sacramento, California, U.S. February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Max Whittaker/File Photo O’Brien’s comments come amid tensions between the United States and China over a host of issues running from disputes over trade and U.S. charges of massive Chinese espionage to Beijing’s defense build up and its establishment of…

World Briefs: Thai opposition figure faces criminal charges, World News & Top Stories

Thai opposition figure faces criminal charges BANGKOK • Thailand’s Election Commission yesterday said it would file criminal charges of breaching electoral law against Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Party, in its latest salvo against the former anti-junta politician. REUTERS China slams US over warship sail-by BEIJING • Beijing yesterday accused the United States of a “provocative” act by sending a warship into disputed territorial waters in the South China Sea. The USS McCampbell missile destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands on Tuesday without authorisation, according to…

U.S. ‘looking at’ CalPERS holdings in Chinese defense firms -top White House official

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is “looking at” investments in Chinese military companies by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Wednesday. O’Brien’s comments come amid tensions between the United States and China over a host of issues running from disputes over trade and U.S. charges of massive Chinese espionage to Beijing’s defense build up and its establishment of military outposts on disputed islands in the South China Sea. “It’s something we are looking at,” O’Brien responded when asked at the conservative…

World briefs: ‘Serious divergence’ between Britain, EU, World News & Top Stories

‘Serious divergence’ between Britain, EU BRUSSELS • There is “serious divergence” between Britain and the European Union on their future relationship, the bloc’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said yesterday, after the first round of talks between the two sides on a new deal after Brexit. The differences include robust provisions on the so-called “level playing field” which guarantees fair competition between the EU and British companies after Brexit, he said. He added that London was seeking a series of separate deals, while the bloc wanted one overarching agreement. Mr Barnier,…

Top Canadian general calls out Russia and China for ‘antagonistic actions’ – Red Deer Advocate

OTTAWA — The head of the Canadian military called out Russia and China on Wednesday for their “antagonistic actions” even as he revealed that work has begun on identifying the scope and price of upgrading North America’s defences, including the North American Aerospace Defence Command. Chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance would not provide a timeline or other details on upgrading Norad, but said they have to happen “relatively quickly” as the threat posed by Russia, China and others continues to grow. Russia and China figured prominently during…

Asian Insider, March 5: Coronavirus slows in China, Super Tuesday, durians the batteries of the future?, Asia News & Top Stories

Hi, In today’s bulletin: Coronavirus slows in China, Malaysia’s Malay party grassroots eye cabinet posts, the US strikes the Taleban, Durians the battery of the future?, Philippines’ police chief survives helicopter crash, data breaches and more. Reading this on the web or know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? Our sign-up page is here. CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS SLOW IN CHINA, BUT ARE WE SEEING THE FULL PICTURE? As the coronavirus epidemic accelerates across the world, there are signs of the virus slowing down in China – the centre of the…