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Adam Hancock is a freelance journalist based in Singapore covering the wider Asia-Pacific region and Australia. 

I work for a variety of clients including; BBC News, Al Jazeera, The Independent, TRT World and Reuters. My interests include foreign affairs and sport.
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Grazilaxx's Guide to Ancestry - Dungeon Masters Guild

04 Apr 2024  |  dmsguild.com
The article discusses the process of digitizing older books that do not have original digital layouts. For PDF editions, the pages are processed with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to enable text searching, although this method has limitations with text on graphical backgrounds or in handwritten fonts. Larger books might be resampled to fit the system, potentially losing searchable text. For printed books, high-resolution scans of the original hardcopies are made, but the quality may suffer as illustrations can become dark, pixelated, or lose shades of grey, and photos may develop Moiré patterns. The article notes that titles sourced from scanned images are clearly marked to inform customers about the quality of the product they are purchasing.

Sadio Mane: Liverpool and Senegal forward's humility praised

04 Apr 2024  |  bbc.co.uk
The article profiles Sadio Mane, a Liverpool and Senegal forward, who is on the shortlist for BBC African Footballer of the Year. It highlights his humility and community involvement, such as cleaning toilets at a mosque and gifting Liverpool shirts to his hometown in Senegal. Mane's approachability and lack of arrogance are emphasized, with anecdotes from fans and podcasters. On the field, his adaptability and team spirit are praised, as he shifted positions without complaint to accommodate Mohamed Salah. Despite his success, including scoring in the Champions League final and at the World Cup, Mane prioritizes team achievements over individual accolades. The article also mentions Mane's new long-term deal with Liverpool and his performance in the current Premier League season.

Commentary: The fascination with Singapore’s weather has gone into overdrive

04 Apr 2024  |  channelnewsasia.com
The article discusses the recent weather patterns in Singapore, highlighting the increased rainfall and cooler temperatures that have been experienced over the past few months. The author, an Englishman, comments on the relative perception of 'cold' and notes that the weather has become a major topic of conversation among residents. The author also mentions how the weather has been a focus in the media, with meteorologists frequently providing updates and the term 'air-con weather' being used in headlines. The author reflects on a personal tweet about enjoying the cooler weather during the Chinese New Year holiday.

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Australia forward Iannotta discusses England semi-final

04 Apr 2024  |  flashscore.co.uk
Angela Iannotta, the first Australian to score at a World Cup, reflects on the growth of the Matildas and their performance in the 2023 Women's World Cup. Despite a tough start with Sam Kerr's injury and a loss to Nigeria, Iannotta believes the Matildas have the strength to reach the World Cup final, especially with the advantage of playing on home soil. She praises players like Mary Fowler and Mackenzie Arnold for their impressive performances. Iannotta also comments on the team's unity and the nation's support, expressing pride in the Matildas' ability to unite Australia. She sees potential for Australia to defeat England in their upcoming match, despite England's strong defence and status as European Cup Winners.

BBC African Footballer of the Year: Kalidou Koulibaly profile

04 Apr 2024  |  bbc.co.uk
BBC Sport is profiling candidates for the BBC African Footballer of the Year, focusing on Kalidou Koulibaly, a Napoli and Senegal defender. Koulibaly, born in France to Senegalese parents, chose to play for Senegal over France, a decision he does not regret as he aims to shape the future of Senegalese football. Despite playing for France at youth levels, Koulibaly never received a senior call-up until after committing to Senegal. His development as a top defender is credited to his time at Napoli, especially under coach Maurizio Sarri, and he continues to excel under Carlo Ancelotti. Koulibaly's performance has sparked interest from top clubs, and former Senegal international Salif Diao suggests that Koulibaly would do well in the English Premier League.

George Russell on Lewis Hamilton, chasing Red Bull and finding peace off the track

04 Apr 2024  |  bbc.co.uk
George Russell, a Formula 1 driver for Mercedes, has opened up about overcoming his fear of water. Despite his high-speed career, Russell admitted to being scared of open water just two years ago, a fear not uncommon for someone from the UK countryside. However, his recent social media activity shows he has conquered this fear and is now enjoying water sports such as surfing and freediving. Russell finds that spending time in the water provides a peaceful escape from the pressures of F1 racing, allowing him to disconnect and mentally recharge. In a recent interview in Singapore, he also touched on his new contract, the challenge of competing with Max Verstappen, and the sport's sustainability efforts.

Crowds have struggled to make an impact in some New Zealand stadiums

04 Apr 2024  |  flashscore.com
The Women's World Cup has seen record-breaking attendance in Australia and New Zealand, with over 75,000 fans attending the Matildas' opening game in Sydney and over 42,000 watching the Football Ferns in New Zealand. However, smaller matches, particularly in New Zealand, have seen less interest, with stadiums like Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium not filling up. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has encouraged ticket sales, and concerns about attendance in New Zealand were justified. Football is less popular in New Zealand compared to rugby, and the country's remote location and smaller cities contribute to lower attendance. Despite this, there is a noticeable excitement for the World Cup in Australia, with visible marketing and public interest. However, the limited number of free-to-air broadcasts in both countries could hinder the tournament's reach, contrasting with the men's World Cup where all games were free to watch in Australia.

EXCLUSIVE: Former Australia forward Angela Iannotta discusses England semi and Sam Kerr

04 Apr 2024  |  flashscore.com
Angela Iannotta, the first Australian to score at a World Cup, reflects on the growth of the Matildas and their performance in the 2023 Women's World Cup. She recalls her historic goal in 1995 and discusses the current team's challenges and successes, including Sam Kerr's injury and the defeat to Nigeria. Iannotta praises players like Mary Fowler and Mackenzie Arnold and remains optimistic about Australia's chances, especially against England, despite the Lionesses being the European Cup Winners. She expresses pride in the Matildas' ability to unite the nation and the excitement surrounding the Women's World Cup in Australia.

George Russell on Lewis Hamilton, chasing Red Bull and finding peace off the track

04 Apr 2024  |  bbc.com
George Russell, a Formula 1 driver for Mercedes, has opened up about his personal growth and hobbies outside of racing. Despite his high-speed career, Russell admitted to having a fear of open water, which he has been actively overcoming. He has embraced water sports such as surfing and freediving, finding them to be a peaceful escape that allows him to disconnect and mentally recharge. The 25-year-old British driver also touched upon his new contract, the challenge of competing against dominant racer Max Verstappen, and Formula 1's initiatives towards sustainability. The interview took place in Singapore ahead of the upcoming night race.

Crowds have struggled to make an impact in some New Zealand stadiums

04 Apr 2024  |  flashscore.co.uk
The Women's World Cup has seen record-breaking attendance in Australia and New Zealand, with Australia hosting the largest crowd for a women's football match and New Zealand setting a record for any football game. However, smaller stadiums in New Zealand like Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium and Wellington Regional Stadium have seen less than half-full stands. FIFA President Gianni Infantino urged more ticket sales, and concerns about attendance in New Zealand were justified given football's minority status compared to rugby. Despite this, the World Cup has sparked interest in Australia, with visible marketing and public engagement. However, limited free-to-air television coverage in Australia, compared to the men's World Cup, could dampen the tournament's visibility. More games will be available for free in the later stages, potentially increasing viewership and excitement leading up to the final on August 20th.

Commentary: No shortage of drama and excellent football at Women’s World Cup

04 Apr 2024  |  channelnewsasia.com
The article discusses the positive shift in perception and coverage of women's football, particularly during the World Cup. It highlights the absence of lazy stereotyping and the appreciation of the sport on its own merits. The author reflects on the progress made since the 1998 Women’s FA Cup final, which was criticized for its quality, contrasting it with the high standard of play at the current World Cup. The article mentions impressive performances, such as the England Lionesses' victory and a remarkable free-kick goal by Marta Cox of Panama. The author's personal experience at the Sydney Football Stadium, where he witnessed Cox's goal, is shared as a testament to the quality of women's football today.

Bangladesh vs Palestine: 0-1 – World Cup 2026 qualifier – as it happened

26 Mar 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
Palestine scored a late winner against Bangladesh in Dhaka, securing a victory that keeps them second in their group for the World Cup 2026 qualifiers.

Manchester United vs Everton 2-0: Premier League – as it happened

09 Mar 2024  |  aljazeera.com
Manchester United secured a 2-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League, moving up to sixth in the table. The win was highlighted by two first-half penalties and significant praise for Alejandro Garnacho, who won both penalties. Everton continued to struggle, failing to score despite creating opportunities. The match report details various plays, player involvements, and reactions from United manager Erik ten Hag and player Garnacho.

‘Reputational damage’: Singapore’s ruling party grapples with scandal

05 Feb 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
Singapore's ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) is grappling with a significant corruption scandal involving former cabinet minister S Iswaran, who allegedly received substantial gifts from Malaysian billionaire Ong Beng Seng. The scandal, along with other recent controversies, has damaged the PAP's reputation ahead of a crucial election and leadership transition. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and incoming Prime Minister Lawrence Wong are working to manage the fallout. The case has sparked discussions on the need for greater transparency and the effectiveness of Singapore's anti-corruption measures.

Iraq vs Jordan 2-3: AFC Asian Cup 2023 – as it happened

29 Jan 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
Jordan defeated Iraq 3-2 in the last 16 of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 on Monday, January 29.

Sinner beats Medvedev: 2024 Australian Open men’s final – as it happened

28 Jan 2024  |  Al Jazeera
Jannik Sinner won his first Grand Slam title by defeating Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller at the 2024 Australian Open men’s final on January 28.

Syria vs India 1-0: AFC Asian Cup 2023 football – as it happened

23 Jan 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
Syria defeated India 1-0 in the AFC Asian Cup 2023 on January 23, 2024. The blog provided live updates of the match.

Singapore Weighs New Artificial Islands to Counter Rising Sea Levels

18 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Singapore is considering the construction of artificial islands off its east coast to protect against rising sea levels. The 'Long Island' project may include three new islands with tide gates and water pumping stations, acting as a barrier to protect the low-lying nation. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has previously described climate change as a life-or-death issue for Singapore. The project, potentially covering 800 hectares, will be evaluated for environmental impacts and public consultations are planned. Singapore, which has a history of land reclamation, faces environmental costs and scrutiny over such projects, including the loss of coral reefs and biodiversity. The carbon footprint of the 'Long Island' project is also a concern, as Singapore prepares for a future with higher sea levels and temperatures.

Singapore Considers New Artificial Islands to Counter Rising Seas

18 Dec 2023  |  voanews.com
Singapore is planning to build artificial islands to combat the threat of rising sea levels, a critical issue for the low-lying city-state. The proposed 'Long Island' project involves creating three new islands with tidal gates and water pumping stations to act as a barrier against the sea. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has emphasized the severity of climate change for Singapore. The project, which will be assessed for environmental impacts and engineering requirements, is expected to take five years of planning. Singapore has a history of land reclamation, but experts like Benjamin Horton and Adam Switzer note the environmental and carbon footprint concerns associated with such projects. Stephen Beng of the Friends of Marine Park Community highlights the loss of biodiversity from past reclamation efforts. The article underscores the urgency of addressing climate change to ensure the long-term effectiveness of such adaptation strategies.

England vs Pakistan: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – as it happened

11 Nov 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match between England and Pakistan on November 11. The article has now been closed, and it thanked readers for following along. Details about the match itself, such as the score, key performances, or any significant events that occurred during the game, are not provided in the text snippet.

Live Blog Closed: Australia vs Pakistan - ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

20 Oct 2023  |  aljazeera.com
This brief update indicates the closure of a live blog that was providing updates on a match between Australia and Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The match took place on October 20, and the blog was likely providing real-time information and commentary on the events of the game. No further details about the match or its outcome are provided in this closing statement.

‘This is Australia’s Brexit’: How the Voice vote for Indigenous rights lost its way

15 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Australia has voted against the creation of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in a recent referendum, with all six states rejecting the proposal and only the Australian Capital Territory voting in favor. The defeat was predicted by pollsters, but the extent of the rejection was surprising. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had supported the 'Yes' campaign, which aimed to recognize First Nations Peoples and advise Parliament on Indigenous matters. The result has been a source of grief for many Indigenous Australians, with leaders calling for a week of silence. Critics of the Voice, including Fred Hooper of the Murrawarri Peoples Council, expressed concerns about the lack of clarity and feared it would not lead to real change. The campaign was also marred by disinformation and racist abuse. The outcome has prompted discussions about the prevalence of racism in Australia and its failure to formally recognize its Indigenous population compared to countries like New Zealand.

Australia's Historic Referendum on Indigenous Voice to Parliament

13 Oct 2023  |  aljazeera.com
Australians are set to vote in a historic referendum to decide if Indigenous people should be recognized in the constitution through a new advisory body called the Voice to Parliament. The referendum, a major policy pledge by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, has been marred by social media misinformation, causing division and reports of racism. The Voice aims to provide Indigenous communities with a platform to advise on policies affecting them. The 'Yes' campaign, supported by Albanese, emphasizes constitutional recognition and potential policy improvements. The 'No' campaign, backed by opposition leader Peter Dutton, raises concerns about the Voice's operational details and potential for government dysfunction. Indigenous lecturer Dani Linder and law professors Ron Levy and Paul Strangio provide insights into the referendum's significance and the arguments from both sides.

Delivering a petition to the home affairs ministry, families call for a moratorium on executions and review of the death penalty.

10 Oct 2023  |  aljazeera.com
In Singapore, family members of death row prisoners are petitioning the government for a moratorium on executions and a review of the death penalty, particularly for drug-related offences. The petition, which has over 1,700 signatures, was delivered to the Ministry of Home Affairs on the eve of World Day Against the Death Penalty. Singapore has executed at least 16 people since 2022, drawing international criticism, including from the United Nations and Richard Branson. Activists argue that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent and fails to address the root causes of drug trafficking. The Ministry of Home Affairs maintains that the death penalty deters drug offences and keeps Singaporeans safe. Meanwhile, Malaysia has moved to abolish the mandatory death penalty for serious offences, prompting comparisons and calls for Singapore to reconsider its stance.

Uncertain Future for Malaysia's $100 Billion Forest City Development Amid Backer's Financial Woes

05 Oct 2023  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the uncertain future of the Forest City project, a $100 billion development on the coast of Malaysia, due to financial concerns surrounding its main investor, China's Country Garden. The real estate company has faced significant financial losses, yet it maintains that the Forest City project will not be affected. The report is from Johor, Malaysia, with Adam Hancock as the correspondent and Yih Wen Chen on camera duty.

Georgia to host development summit; climate change, aging on agenda

05 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
The Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, will focus on climate change and the aging population. This is the first time the ADB's 68 members will meet in Georgia. Key discussions will include climate finance, with the ADB pledging $9.8 billion in 2023, and the aging population in the Asia-Pacific region, where 1 in 4 people will be over 60 by 2050. The ADB aims to support developing countries in reducing greenhouse emissions and adapting to climate change, as well as improving the lives of older people through universal health coverage and age-friendly infrastructure. The summit will also address poverty eradication amid high inflation and growing government debt.

What election win for Indonesia’s ‘TikTok grandpa’ means for the region

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Prabowo Subianto, a former military general with a controversial past, is set to become Indonesia's next president after unofficial election results showed a comfortable win. His rebranding as a 'cuddly grandpa' on TikTok and moderate political stance helped secure his victory. Concerns remain about his human rights record and potential impact on Indonesia's democracy. Prabowo plans to continue many of outgoing president Joko Widodo's policies, including economic expansion and infrastructure improvement, and will navigate foreign policy challenges amid US-China tensions.

Singapore to hold first contested presidential election in 12 years

30 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
Singapore is set to hold its first contested presidential election in 12 years, with Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Ng Kok Song, and Tan Kin Lian as the three candidates. A fourth candidate, George Goh, was deemed ineligible by the Presidential Elections Committee. The election comes after a series of political scandals involving members of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), including the arrest of Transport Minister S Iswaran and the resignation of two government legislators. The election will test public sentiment towards the PAP amidst these controversies. Tharman, a former deputy prime minister and finance minister, is the frontrunner, despite concerns that his links to the PAP may affect his candidacy. The election's outcome could reflect the level of anti-establishment sentiment among Singaporeans.

A huge money laundering case has riveted attention in Singapore.

29 Aug 2023  |  voanews.com
Singapore has been the focus of a significant money laundering case involving the seizure of nearly $750 million in assets, including luxury condos, cars, designer goods, and fine wines. The Singapore Police Force has arrested ten people and is investigating others, with eight individuals still wanted. The suspects, who held Chinese passports, are linked to organized crime overseas, including scams and online gambling. The Monetary Authority of Singapore was alerted to the suspicious activities by banks. The case raises concerns about Singapore's reputation as a financial hub, but authorities are determined to show their commitment to combating financial crime. The U.N.'s Office on Drugs and Crime has highlighted the growing money laundering problem in Southeast Asia.

Sweden vs Australia 2-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

19 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article provided live updates from the Women's World Cup third-place playoff between Sweden and Australia, which took place on August 19, 2023. The blog is now closed, and the journalist thanked readers for joining the coverage.

Spain vs Sweden 2-1: Women’s World Cup 2023 semifinal – as it happened

15 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article provided live updates from the Women's World Cup semifinal match between Spain and Sweden that took place on August 15, 2023. The blog is now closed, and the journalist thanked readers for following along. No further details about the match or its outcome are provided in the text snippet.

Chinese FM Wang Holds Talks With Singapore Leaders to Strengthen Ties, Trade

11 Aug 2023  |  voanews.com
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Singapore to deepen ties with the Southeast Asian nation, meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. The visit, which also includes Malaysia and Cambodia, aims to strengthen strategic communication. The meetings resulted in pledges for further cooperation in various sectors and resuming direct flights post-COVID-19. Earlier talks between Singapore's prime minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping had pledged to elevate diplomatic relations. Singapore's close ties with China are influenced by its majority-Chinese population, but concerns about Chinese influence persist. Singapore has enacted laws to counteract foreign interference. Wang's visit to Southeast Asia also coincides with rising tensions between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea. After Singapore, Wang Yi will visit Malaysia and Cambodia.

Japan vs Sweden 1-2: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

11 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article provided live updates on the quarter-final match between Japan and Sweden in the Women's World Cup on August 11, 2023. The blog is now closed and the journalist thanked readers for following along. Details on the match itself, such as the score, key plays, or standout players, are not provided in the excerpt.

France vs Morocco 4-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

08 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article provided live updates on the Women's World Cup round of 16 match between France and Morocco that took place on August 8, 2023. The blog is now closed and the journalist thanked readers for joining the coverage.

Colombia vs Jamaica 1-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

08 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
Real Madrid striker Caicedo scored a remarkable goal against Germany, highlighting her skill despite past health challenges, including a battle with ovarian cancer at age 15. Recently, concerns about her health resurfaced due to signs of fatigue and exhaustion during the World Cup. Caicedo experienced distress during a practice session and again in the match against Germany, where she collapsed on the field. After undergoing medical checks, including an EKG, Colombia's coach Abadia confirmed the tests were clear. However, Caicedo struggled during the game against Morocco, suffering from a foot injury and an ankle twist, which affected her performance.

Australia vs Denmark 2-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

07 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates on the Women's World Cup round of 16 match between Australia and Denmark on August 7, 2023. The blog is now closed, and the author thanked readers for following along. Details on the match itself, such as the score, key plays, or standout players, were not provided in this excerpt.

Sweden vs USA 5-4 penalties: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

06 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates on the Women's World Cup match between Sweden and the USA that took place on August 6, 2023. The match was part of the round of 16 in the tournament. The blog is now closed and no longer updating. Details on the match's events, scores, or any significant occurrences were not provided in the excerpt.

Morocco vs Colombia 1-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

03 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article provided live updates from the Women's World Cup Group H match between Morocco and Colombia that took place on Thursday, August 3. The blog is now closed and the journalist thanked readers for joining the coverage.

USA vs Portugal 0-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

01 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the recent matches in the World Cup where the USA narrowly avoided elimination in the group stages thanks to a goalpost during a match in Auckland. The Netherlands, on the other hand, easily progressed to the last 16 by defeating Vietnam with a score of 7-0. The article also mentions upcoming coverage of Group D's final games, highlighting the match between England and China in Adelaide, where England seeks to secure their qualification.

Live Blog: China vs England Women’s World Cup Match

01 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates from the Women's World Cup football match between China and England on Tuesday, August 1. The blog is now closed and no longer updating.

Live Updates: Republic of Ireland vs Nigeria - FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

31 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates on the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 match between the Republic of Ireland and Nigeria that took place on Monday, July 31. The blog is now closed and no longer updating.

England vs Denmark 1-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

28 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 match between England and Denmark that took place on Friday, July 28. The blog is now closed and no longer updating.

Indonesian fan's long wait to see Leicester City

27 Jul 2023  |  chatsports.com
Indonesian football fan Bagas Wira Paksi has been a supporter of Leicester City since 1999 and is looking forward to watching them play against Liverpool in Singapore. He reminisces about the growth of Leicester City's fanbase, especially after their Premier League win in 2016, although he notes that the fanbase is not as large now. This match in Singapore presents a rare opportunity for Bagas to see his favourite team play in person.

Leicester City: The Rise and Fall of a Premier League Champion

27 Jul 2023  |  gfmreview.com
Indonesian Leicester City fan Bagas Wira Paksi has supported the club since 1999 and hopes to see them play in Singapore against Liverpool. Leicester City, under Thai ownership by King Power, experienced highs with a Premier League win in 2016 and lows with the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in 2018. The club's recent relegation from the Premier League to the Championship poses financial challenges, with a significant drop in revenue and reliance on parachute payments. Despite this, the club's Thai owners have cleared significant debt and remain committed to returning to the Premier League. The article discusses the financial implications of relegation and the club's journey under King Power's ownership.

Live Updates: Norway vs Philippines - FIFA Women's World Cup 2023

27 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates on the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 match between Norway and the Philippines that took place on Thursday, July 27. The blog is now closed and no longer updating.

Leicester City: Relegated EPL team delight fans on Asia tour

27 Jul 2023  |  news.nestia.com
Indonesian football fan Bagas Wira Paksi, a long-time supporter of Leicester City, is excited to watch his team play against Liverpool in Singapore. The match is part of the Singapore Festival of Football, which also features teams like Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. Leicester City's tour in Asia is happening despite the team's recent relegation from the English Premier League. Their first game in Bangkok was cancelled due to heavy rain, marking a rocky start to their off-season tour. The article highlights the international fanbase of English football clubs and the impact of their tours on fans like Bagas.

Canada vs Ireland 2-1: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

26 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article covers the Women's World Cup 2023 match where Canada emerged victorious over Ireland with a scoreline of 2-1. The match took place on the seventh day of the tournament, and the win allowed Canada to take the lead in Group B. The article provides a detailed account of the match events as they happened, likely including key moments, player performances, and the overall atmosphere of the game.

Spain vs Zambia 5-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

26 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article provided live updates on the Women's World Cup 2023 Group C match between Spain and Zambia that took place on Wednesday, July 26. The blog is now closed, and the journalist thanked readers for joining the coverage of the event.

New Zealand v Philippines 0-1: Women’s World Cup – as it happened

25 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates on the Women's World Cup 2023 match between New Zealand and the Philippines, which took place on Tuesday, July 25. The article has now been closed, and the author thanks readers for following along. Details on the match itself, such as the score, key events, and player performances, are not provided in the text snippet.

Switzerland vs Norway 0-0: Women’s World Cup – as it happened

25 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article provided live updates on the Women's World Cup 2023 match between Switzerland and Norway that took place on Tuesday, July 25. The blog is now closed, and the journalist thanked readers for joining them. Specific details about the match, such as the score, key events, or player performances, are not provided in the excerpt.

Germany vs Morocco 6-0: Women’s World Cup 2023 – as it happened

24 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The blog provided live updates on the Women's World Cup 2023 match between Germany and Morocco that took place on Monday, July 24. The blog is now closed, and the author thanks readers for following along. No further details about the match or its outcome are provided in the text snippet.

Co-hosting the 2023 World Cup marks a significant milestone in the mixed history of women’s football in Australia.

18 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the evolution of women's football in Australia, highlighting the significance of the 2023 World Cup co-hosted by Australia. It traces the sport's roots back to the first public women's match in 1921 and the challenges faced due to bans and lack of support. The narrative follows the journey from the formation of the Australian Women’s Soccer Association in 1974 to the national team's international experiences, including the confusion over the status of their early international games. The article also covers the growth of the sport domestically, with the establishment of a national women's league and the rebranding to A-League Women. Despite the progress, the article notes the need for more investment in women's coaching and regional development. The story is told through the experiences of pioneers like Pat O’Connor, administrators like Heather Reid, and former players like Angela Iannotta, Connie Selby, and Jim Selby.

Singapore’s death row ‘main element of its drug policy’

16 May 2023  |  aljazeera.com
Singapore's strict use of the death penalty for drug offences has come under international scrutiny following the execution of Tangaraju Suppiah for trafficking cannabis. Last year, 11 men were executed, and the Transformative Justice Collective reports 54 people are currently on death row, mostly for drug-related crimes. The UN has criticized the disproportionate sentencing of ethnic minorities and argues that drug offences should not warrant the death penalty. Human rights groups and families are campaigning against these practices, highlighting cases like Pannir Selvam Pranthaman, Syed Suhail bin Syed Zin, Saridewi Djamani, Datchinamurthy Kataiah, and Masoud Rahimi Mehrzad. Despite international pressure, Singapore maintains that capital punishment is crucial for safety and security. The article details the personal stories of those on death row and the legal battles they face, including a group civil litigation suit regarding the handling of private letters by the prison service.

Singapore to Resume Executions with Case That Reignites Death Penalty Criticism

25 Apr 2023  |  aljazeera.com
Singapore is set to resume executions with Tangaraju Suppiah, convicted in 2018 for abetting attempted cannabis trafficking, facing the death penalty. His family and activists argue he lacked proper legal representation and was denied a Tamil interpreter during police questioning. Despite appeals for clemency and concerns over fair trial rights, including from prominent figures like Richard Branson, the execution is proceeding. Tangaraju's case highlights broader criticism of Singapore's strict drug laws and the use of capital punishment, especially as neighboring countries like Thailand and Malaysia move towards more lenient drug policies. The article discusses the implications of Tangaraju's case on the debate over the death penalty and drug offenses in Singapore.

Leicester City: Relegated EPL team delight fans on Asia tour

24 Apr 2023  |  bbc.com
Leicester City, recently relegated from the English Premier League (EPL) to the Championship, is on an Asia tour, delighting fans like Bagas Wira Paksi in Singapore. Despite the tour's rocky start due to a cancelled game in Bangkok, the club's presence in Asia remains strong. The article discusses the financial implications of relegation, including a significant drop in revenue and reliance on parachute payments. Leicester's history under Thai ownership, King Power, is highlighted, including their 2016 EPL win and the tragic death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in 2018. The club's financial struggles are exacerbated by the pandemic and questionable transfer decisions. Despite these challenges, fans like Mr. Bagas remain hopeful for a return to the Premier League, bolstered by the chairman's recent clearing of £194m of debt.

Golf’s HSBC Women’s World Championship: Ko Jin-young retains title to maintain South Korean dominance

05 Mar 2023  |  scmp.com
Ko Jin-young successfully defended her title at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, finishing 17 under par and two shots ahead of American Nelly Korda. The victory marks continued South Korean dominance in the event, with players from South Korea winning seven of the last eight championships. The final round was disrupted by rain, but Ko maintained her composure to secure the win. Other notable performances included Danielle Kang and Allisen Corpuz from the US, Japan's Ayaka Furue and Yuko Saso, and Hong Kong's Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching. Ko attributed some of her success to the good luck she felt after seeing the Northern Lights. Chan plans to work on her game in Los Angeles after a challenging tournament.

HSBC Women’s World Championship: Chan targets top 10 and hopes to get season off to a flyer at ‘Asia’s major’

01 Mar 2023  |  scmp.com
Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching is set to begin her 2023 season at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, aiming for a top 10 finish. The event, known as 'Asia's major', features a strong field including nine of the world’s top 10 players. Chan, ranked world No 378, received a sponsor's invite and will tee off alongside Ariya Jutanugarn and Paula Reto. The tournament has a rich history and a substantial prize, with the winner earning almost US$300,000. Chan expressed excitement about playing in Singapore, especially with the support of family and friends. Defending champion Jin Young Ko and world No 1 Lydia Ko are among the top contenders. The event will welcome fans for the first time since 2019, and despite recent rainstorms, organizers are confident the championship will proceed without issues. Chan also mentioned the possibility of participating in the Aramco Team Series in Hong Kong if her schedule permits.

Labor party leader claims victory in the national election after PM Scott Morrison concedes defeat, ending nearly a decade of conservative government.

21 May 2022  |  aljazeera.com
The Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, has claimed victory in the Australian national election, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceding defeat. The Labor Party has won 72 seats, while Morrison's centre-right coalition has secured 51 seats, with the final results pending due to the counting of postal votes. Morrison announced he would step down as leader of the Liberal Party. The election was marked by issues such as cost-of-living pressures, the pandemic, climate change, and the economy. Independent candidates, particularly those focused on climate change, performed strongly. If Labor does not achieve a majority, negotiations with smaller parties and independents will be necessary to form a government. The election saw a high voter turnout with compulsory voting and a preferential voting system in place.

Australians weigh economic concerns, climate change in upcoming election

20 May 2022  |  aljazeera.com
Australians are preparing to vote in an election that will decide if Scott Morrison's Liberal-National coalition will continue for a fifth term or if Anthony Albanese's Labor party will take over. Economic concerns, particularly the cost of living and housing affordability, are central to voter decisions. Both parties have faced criticism, with Morrison's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters under scrutiny, while Albanese has been labeled dull and made campaign errors. Climate change is a significant issue, with independents potentially influencing policy due to voter interest. Indigenous rights and childcare are also on the agenda. The election is close, with Labor's lead narrowing as the vote approaches.

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The Singapore lawyer who defends those facing the gallows

07 Mar 2022  |  aljazeera.com
M Ravi, a lawyer in Singapore, has been known for taking on death penalty cases that many avoid. Despite being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and currently suspended from practicing law, he has been involved in the high-profile case of Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a Malaysian man with a learning disability sentenced to death for drug offences. Ravi's work has led to significant legal challenges and changes, including the amendment of laws to allow for judicial discretion in death penalty cases. He criticizes the Singaporean legal system for its harsh treatment of the poor and oppressed and faces opposition from the Law Society and the Attorney General. Ravi believes that Singapore will eventually abolish the death penalty, citing changes in the region and international pressure.

Singapore’s migrant workers still living with pandemic restrictions

30 Jan 2022  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the ongoing restrictions faced by migrant workers in Singapore despite the easing of COVID-19 measures for the rest of the population. Migrant workers, who mostly come from South Asia, are confined to their dormitories with limited freedom to move around. They require an exit pass to leave for work or visit recreation centers, and their social interactions are highly restricted. The article highlights the mental health impact of these restrictions, as reported by HealthServe and a Yale-NUS college survey. The Ministry of Manpower has responded by stating that they have kept health outcomes among migrant workers good and have provided mental health support. However, advocates like Alex Au from Transient Workers Count Too express concerns that the government may be using the pandemic to justify stricter controls over migrant labor.

Novak Djokovic’s Deportation Highlights Australia’s Strict Immigration Stance

19 Jan 2022  |  The Independent
The article discusses the deportation of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic from Australia due to visa issues. Djokovic's visa was cancelled by Australia's immigration minister Alex Hawke, who cited the potential risk to public health and the possibility of fostering anti-vaccine sentiment as reasons for the decision. The case has raised global interest in Australia's immigration laws and has led to calls for an inquiry into the country's visa cancellation policies, which some lawyers and activists consider to be dysfunctional and politicised. Djokovic, the defending champion, was forced to leave as the Australian Open proceeded without him.

Malaysian with intellectual disability remains on death row after positive COVID test, as campaign for a reprieve captures public attention

12 Nov 2021  |  aljazeera.com
Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a Malaysian with an intellectual disability, remains on death row in Singapore's Changi Prison after a positive COVID-19 test delayed his execution. Arrested in 2009 for smuggling heroin, he was sentenced to death in 2010. His case has sparked international and local debate over Singapore's death penalty, particularly due to his low IQ and claims of coercion. High-profile figures and organizations, including the European Union and Richard Branson, have condemned the execution. The Malaysian Prime Minister has sought clemency for Nagaenthran. Despite a 2012 amendment allowing for life imprisonment in certain cases, Nagaenthran's appeal failed. Human Rights Watch criticized the lack of accommodations for his disability during the trial. Critics argue that the death penalty targets low-level offenders rather than drug syndicates, and Nagaenthran's case has the potential to reignite calls for the abolition of the death penalty in Singapore.

Why developing countries may be last to get the vaccine

28 May 2020  |  euobserver.com
The article discusses the challenges of distributing a coronavirus vaccine to developing countries, highlighting the stark inequality in vaccine coverage between rich and poor nations. Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, has noted that routine immunisation programs have been disrupted by the pandemic, putting millions at risk. The cost of vaccines and the logistics of distribution, including maintaining the cold chain, are significant hurdles. The article also touches on vaccine hesitancy due to a lack of understanding or misinformation. It emphasizes the need for smaller vaccine vials and better education about vaccines in developing countries. The article suggests that without addressing these issues, many in the developing world could be waiting much longer for a coronavirus vaccine.
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