Sigrid Friis Neergaard

Journalist • ScandAsia Publishing Co., Ltd. • Bangkok, Thailand

Norway to assist safe return of Rohingyas

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Norway is ready to assist in efforts to return Rohingyas to their homes in the province of Rakhine State in Western Myanmar, after thousands have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Sidsel Bleken, Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh, told the news media New Age Bangladesh that Norway will join global efforts in a safe and voluntary return of…

Lack of hands for Finnish berry picking after Thai trafficking case

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While raspberries, cranberries and blueberries ripen in Finland, the firms can’t keep up, after Thailand decreased the number of berry picking visas. Where 3,500 Thai were granted a seasonal visa for Finland in 2017, that number decreased to 2,500 in 2018. Merely 2,400 have been allowed to go to the Northern country to pick berries…

Thai Airways cancels flights between Stockholm and Phuket

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If you’re planning on flying from Stockholm to Phuket or vice versa with Thai Airways during your Christmas or Winter vacation you’ll have to find an alternative route. The airline has announced, that flights Stockholm – Phuket and Phuket – Bangkok – Stockholm, or TG963 and TG962 respectively, are cancelled from Thursday 5 December 2019…

Student wants ladybirds to turn China organic

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While Danish people send ladybirds to heaven so they can ask God for good weather, a Chinese PhD student at University of Copenhagen is now asking them to eat all the greenflies. It is supposed to advance organic production in China, Globalnyt writes. “I specialise in biological control. Simply put, it is the act of…

Singaporeans and Malaysians chug more Danish beer

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Danish beer is a popular drink in Malaysian and Singaporean bars and households by the looks of it. By the end of June 2019 the Danish beer company Carlsberg Malaysia Group’s second quarterly net profit was 2.1 percent higher than at the same time last year. Translated to Euros it means a rise from approximately…

Chinese-born girl allegedly killed by Norwegian stepbrother

A 17-year-old Chinese-born woman was killed on Saturday 10 August 2019 by her 21-year-old stepbrother, Norwegian police believes. The police found the lifeless body of Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen in the family’s home in Bærum after arresting the young woman’s stepbrother, Philip Manshaus in a mosque. The arrest was made after the suspect launched an attack…

Danish union blames Amazon for abuse of Chinese students

The Danish labour union 3F blames Amazon for the abuse of Chinese school kids who intern at Hengyang Foxconn manufacturing goods to be sold on Amazon. Hengyang Foxconn recruited 1581 Chinese students aged 16-17 in July 2019 and currently more students are hired. Foxconn is the world’s largest manufacturer of electronics and produces products for…

Singapore Climate Rally inspired by Swedish activist

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Since Swedish Greta Thunberg called for more ambitious climate action in Sweden by skipping school last year, many have felt inspired by the teen. Among them, a group of about 15 Singaporean activists who are now organising a climate rally on 21 September 2019 in Hong Lim Park in Singapore according to the Singaporean news…

Concern about China’s presence in the Arctic

A melting glacier in the Arctic.

As global warming is upon us and the ice is melting in both the north and south, water areas in the Arctic which were previously inaccessible are now free to explore. An opportunity China is utilising according to the American news media CNBC. Meanwhile, the Northatlantic defence alliance, NATO, isn’t too keen on the recent…