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Singapore’s Universal Studios deploys facial recognition for entry

Visitors to Universal Studios in Singapore will now have to pass through facial recognition scanners to enter the park, in the city-state’s latest foray with a technology that has stoked privacy concerns. Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), which owns the sprawling area of tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants in which the park sits, said the scheme…

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Airbus Helicopters facilitates first e-delivery in Asia Pacific

Indonesia’s Smart Cakrawala Aviation has become the first customer in Asia Pacific to take delivery of its new H130 helicopter facilitated through a specially arranged e-acceptance process, which complies with COVID-19 health and safety regulations. The Jakarta-based commercial air service operator formally accepted the new intermediate single helicopter into its fleet at the Airbus Helicopters…

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Fashion masks a hit as Indonesians, Malaysians seek style in safety

With no sign of the global coronavirus threat easing anytime soon, protective masks are fast becoming fashion accessories for Indonesians and Malaysians keen to add some style and humour to healthwear essentials. Bespoke masks are catching on in Indonesia, with customers ordering designs with their own faces printed on reusable neoprene material, some with smiling…

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Thailand marks 28 days without local transmission, aims to ease travel

Thailand hopes to ease some coronavirus restrictions on foreigners entering the country after going for 28 days without recording any domestic transmissions, a senior official said on Monday. Those who will benefit from the easing of restrictions will include business executives, skilled workers and foreigners who live in Thailand. “The first three groups will be…

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Indonesia’s oldest zoo reopens with social distancing restrictions

Indonesia’s oldest zoo reopened on Saturday, but to a fraction of the normal number of visitors, after being forced to close more than three months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 156-year-old Ragunan Zoo, located in the capital Jakarta, is home to more than 2,200 animals, including many of the country’s endangered species. The…

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Vietnam plans to resume flights to some virus-free countries

Vietnam plans to allow a resumption of flights to and from countries that have had no cases of coronavirus for 30 days, state media cited the prime minister as saying on Tuesday, with priority destinations including Japan, South Korea and Cambodia. In the comments broadcast by Vietnam Television (VTV), Nguyen Xuan Phuc did not specify…

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Gaming firm Razer to roll out mask vending machines in Singapore

Gaming hardware maker Razer Inc plans to dispense its locally produced masks in Singapore through a network of vending machines across the city-state, where it has become compulsory to wear them in public. The company said it will initially deploy 20 machines at Frasers Property’s malls and JustCo co-working centres around the business district by…

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