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Singapore removed from WHO’s list of SARS-hit areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already removed Singapore from the list of areas with recent local transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and no longer recommends exit screening of international travellers departing from the country.      WHO announced the good news a day ahead of the effective date May 31, which is 20 days…

Norwegian Priest in Singapore appointed new regional duties

Stein Vangen, the Norwegian pastor at the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission in Singapore since October 2002, will this autumn start in a full time job visiting the Norwegian communities in South East Asia.       Stein Vangen’s immediate territory will include Malaysia, Brunei, East Timor, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan. Possibly also Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which…

Warrant issued against Swedish imposter in the Philippines

The Stockholm District Court has issued an arrest warrant against a 39-years old Swedish imposter that operates in Manila, the Philippines.      The man is wanted for grave fraud in nine cases and attempt to commit grave fraud in twelve instances.      He is also charged with falsely claiming to be a Swedish government official.      The charges…

Viking Cup moved to September due to SARS

Viking Cup, the annual encounter of all Viking football teams from Asia, has been postponed this year to 25-28 September 2003 due to the uncertainties surrounding the SARS virus.       The defending champion, Singapore Vikings, are organizing this year’s competition which traditionally is held in the Easter weekend. This year due to the outbreak of…

Hifab wins ADB Mongolia order

Swedec International, a company in the Hifab group of companies, has won a USD 800,000.00 project in Mongolia, co financed by the Asian Development Bank, ADB, in Manila and the Nordic Development Fund, NDF.       The 18-month project is named Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Development for the Unemployed and Poor and the customer is the…

SARS outbreak causes no big trade losses for Sweden in Asean so far

     * Tourism is the big loser.      * Imports are basically unhurt.      * Exports suffer slightly but not totally.      That is in a nutshell what impact the SARS virus epidemic has had on Swedish business in the Asean countries, according to a survey done by ScandAsia. ScandAsia made its SARS impact survey this April. We sent…

SARS impact: key factor is time it takes

The Nordic diplomatic representations and the Nordic business associations in South East Asia were almost unanimous in their evaluation of the impact of SARS on the economic relations between their respective home countries and their current country of residence.      In a quick survey conducted by ScandAsia at the height of the crisis in April all…

Metro Manila solid waste management project get Sida support

Sida, the Swedish international development cooperation, has decided to inject SEK 3 million in a project which will enable citizens in Manila’s local communities, barangays, to better deal with the huge amounts of solid waste generated there.      Daily over 6,000 tons, or 10,000 cubic metres, of solid waste are generated in Metro Manila where some…

Official advice about South East Asia and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Alarm reports are carried in Scandinavian and Asian media about a new type of pneumonia that reputedly broke out in China and have spread worldwide. To get unbiased official information about this disease, we recommend our readers to visit the The World Health Organisation, WHO, website. WHO’s latest statement on 15 March read like this:…