Record Scotch Sale Postponed After Cyber Attack on Auctioneer

Singapore Air Says It Will Halt Most Flights Until End-June

Singapore Airlines said it will cancel most flights until the end of June.

About 96% of scheduled flights will be canceled, and the airline will fly only to 15 cities in that period, it said in a statement on itswebsite. They include six Southeast Asian cities, Tokyo, London and Los Angeles.

Singapore confirmed an additional 618 coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total to more than 12,600. A majority of the cases has occurred in dormitories that house foreign laborers.

Singapore Airlines has had 15 staff test positive for coronavirus since last month, with nine fully recovered, the Straits Timesreported.

US nursing homes: Advocates say more coronavirus testing needed

Relatives appeal for more testing in nursing homes, as concern mounts about vulnerable patients.

Nursing homes in the United States have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, with death tolls increasing rapidly.

Relatives and advocacy groups say more testing is needed to control the outbreak.

Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.

In Avalanche of Shutdowns, Meatpacker Shares Are Doing Just Fine

The wave of U.S. meat-plant shutdowns in the past two weeks is barely noticeable in the share-price performance of their owners. In fact, JBS SA and Tyson Foods Inc. are up.

That’s because what they’re losing in volume, they’re more than making up for in profitability. Morgan Stanley analysts say that probably won’t be changing anytime soon for beef at least, recommending investors take an overweight position in JBS.

The following charts help explain why.

The unprecedented slaughtering disruptions — as workers fall ill to Covid-19 — are tightening supply of fresh meat and opening the possibility of shortages for consumers.

As a result, U.S. wholesale beef prices have surged to a record. Pork prices have also rallied.

The opposite is true upstream. Plant shutdowns are exacerbating livestock gluts, with farmers struggling to find buyers and early reports of pig culling. Hog and cattle futures have slumped this month.

So with surging fresh-meat prices and cheaper animals, meatpacker margins have swelled to all-time highs.

Still, not everyone is bullish, with Tyson cut to market perform at Bernstein amid expectations that third-quarter production capacity will be hurt by closures and worker absenteeism.

U.K. Could See Live Sports Resume Behind Closed Doors: The Sun

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The U.K. could see live sports resumed with Prime Minister Boris Johnson briefed on plans for soccer matches to be played behind closed doors, The Sun newspaper reported citing government sources.

The hope is the return of sporting events would help boost national morale, the newspaperreported. It would also allow England’s suspended Premier League season to be finished and open the transfer window that’s been frozen since the March 23 lockdown across the country.

But the U.K. must first pass thefive tests for easing restrictions before sports can be played behind closed doors, according to the report. It’s set to be among topics up for discussion ahead of the next review deadline on May 7.

As strict social-distancing measures remain in place across the globe, major events from theOlympics in Japan to the Wimbledon tennis tournament have been delayed or canceled.

Nepal quake: Reconstruction still in progress five years on

Many people in Nepal are still struggling to rebuild their lives, five years after a devastating earthquake.

Five years after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, many families are still waiting to rebuild their homes.

Some reconstruction work has been completed, but for some, the work is not happening fast enough, and they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Al Jazeera’s Ramyata Limbu reports from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Gaza artists decorate masks to raise coronavirus awareness

Artists in Gaza are drawing on face masks as a way to encourage people to protect themselves from coronavirus.

In the densely populated Gaza Strip, a widespread outbreak of coronavirus would be devastating. But not everyone is taking the risk seriously.

Some young artists have started drawing on protective face masks to encourage people to wear them.

So far, there are 17 known cases.

Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim reports.

Record Scotch Sale Postponed After Cyber Attack on Auctioneer

A record online auction of rare scotch whiskies has been postponed following a cyberattack, according to a statement from the auctioneer’s website.

WhiskyAuctioneer.com, which has been hosting the sale of Colorado businessman and philanthropist Richard Gooding’scollection, said in astatement on its website on Saturday that it was targeted in a cyber attack on April 21 and has postponed the second part of the auction indefinitely.

The sale, which included bottles from names such as Macallan, was the largest private whisky collection ever to hit the auction block, the WhiskyAuctioneer.com said last December.

The first part of the collection, which included more than 1,900 bottles, made more than 3.2 million pounds ($4 million) earlier this year, the Press Association Scotlandreported. The second part, which was made up of 1,958 lots, went up on the website on April 10.