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Day 3 — search continues and evacuation begins

29.12.04 2.10 The names of dead and injured are listed on a few different websites now. The most comprehensive and frequently updated is still: You have to key in username= user + password= password (It has been moved since the previous announcement) Last night, a search form providing very good assistance was also established on…

Earthquake and Tidal Waves Disaster — news as it breaks

27.12.04 2.30 Norwegian couple thought they had lost their 24 year old son to the wave off Patong beach on Phuket. But eventually they found him – with broken toes and an injured knee – but alive.      “First the water withdrew from the beach untill even the corals were above water. We took our cameras…

Indonesia to halve its loan request to donors

Indonesia will this year ask for less than half of last year’s 2.8 billion dollars loan commitments from the Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI), its main western creditor group whose member states include Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.      Economics Minister Aburizal Bakrie said the government will only seek about 1.2 billion dollars from the CGI…

USD 70 million deal for Nokia in the Philippines

     The agreement includes the GSM network solutions directed towards addressing the mass market. SMART, the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider with 17.5 million subscribers on its network as of end-September 2004, and Nokia will also cooperate to create and test new technologies and solutions.      “SMART aims to offer innovative, reliable and affordable mobile services as…

Scandinavian Airlines long-haul flights soon connected

     Scandinavian Airlines International, the long haul operator of SAS, carries about 1.6 million passengers a year using 11 Airbus 330 and 340 aircraft.      The possibility to use the SAS Net Access service, is already available on two of Scandinavian Airline’s aircraft and will be introduced into all flights to Asia and Seattle in mid-February. The…

SEB Private Bank upgrades Asian presence

SEB Private Bank, the international private banking arm of leading Nordic Banking Group SEB, plans to open a fully-fledged private bank in Singapore early 2005.      “This is a natural step in SEB Private Bank’s strive to continuously improve our product offering and service level for both regional Asia-Pacific and global clients. The new Asian private…

Asians return to Finnish winter

     All of the Nordic countries are known for their exotic winter climate and clean nature. But Finland’s strength as a travel destination is that it has for long been one of Europe’s most unknown countries. The Finnish culture is a fascinating and unique mixture of eastern and western cultures.      “When you compare organizing incentives between…

Finland in South East Asia

THAILAND      Thailand has lost many of its Finnish expats after corporations moved to Singapore. However, recently many of the corporations are seeing the new improved Bangkok. A new airport, sky train and underground have provided the Big Mango with a real infrastructure attracting Finns in growing numbers.      ScandAsia was delighted to witness the birth of…

What’s his trick?

     At the time of Jarkko Härmälä’s posting to Bangkok, Finnair had just established a daily flight to Helsinki. Today, during high seasons, Finnair needs to operate up to 10 flights a week to meet the demand.      Jarkko Härmälä had just completed a special assignment for Finnair’s to improve the airlines Helsinki-Hong Kong route when in…