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  1. Having been stuck at home for so long, it is clear that everyone is starved of live entertainment. This could be seen by the standing ovations recently, as shows re opened on Broadway and in the West End. Here in Singapore some events have started to be promoted again, including the La Clique circus style show at the Marina Bay Sands. However according to the National Arts Councils website restrictions are quite tough for productions and of course for the audiences as well. It states that on the 6th of August 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce an
  2. Singapore Hospital (File photo) SINGAPORE - Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Tuesday (Sept 21) that the Government is monitoring hospital capacity closely and may have to impose more restrictions if the Covid-19 situation worsens. According to straitstimes.com, Singapore already has several measures in place, and would go even further as a “last resort", he added. But the Delta variant has continued to spread very quickly despite the measures currently in place, and daily cases have exceeded earlier projections, he noted. There were 1,178 new
  3. Phu Quoc, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful tropical islands. (File photo) But, Lam Van Thanh, Chairman of Kien Giang Province said that the island is just not able to welcome fully vaccinated foreign tourists next month as planned because the local vaccination rate has been low. “By the end of October, the island would not have ensured necessary conditions to carry out its planned tourism reopening plan. Only 35.2 percent of people aged 18 and above have got a first shot and just 6.13 percent of residents have been fully vaccinated”, he added. According to th
  4. A shipper has his papers checked in HCM City. Delivery companies will have to test their shippers with rapid-antigen test kits provided by the city health sector. — VNA/VNS Photo HCM CITY — Delivery service companies will have to test their staff with rapid antigen tests provided by the health sector and then update the testing results into the city’s shared database beginning Friday (Sept 24). According to vietnamnews.vn, the city’s Department of Health will provide tests to each company based on the number of shippers registered with the city Department of Industry an
  5. Fans have called on local celebrities to publicize details of the money they solicited for charitable activities due to the lack of transparency. On Friday, singer Thuy Tien publicized bank statements of the money she called for in public donations last year. In 2020, the singer raised VND177 billion ($7.7 million), the largest amount of donations a Vietnamese artist had raised at the time. Tien directly visited central provinces to hand money and gifts to people suffering from flooding and hurricanes. But since then, she has faced a myriad of questions regard
  6. An industrial park site (File photo) Industrial Park investors have highlighted tardy land clearance as a persistent problem causing losses of business opportunities in Vietnam. Vu Thu Hang, head of sales with TNI Holdings Vietnam, enumerated several problems with land clearance at a recent webinar on "Identifying new trends in Industrial Park development." She said infrastructure investors were forced to pay site clearance compensation in stages and the process was prolonged even further because of legal and procedural hassles. This, in turn, in
  7. Baguio City (File photo) BAGUIO CITY – Starting Thursday until October 3, non-essential travel to Baguio City and the Benguet towns of La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) is suspended to curb the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Mayors of these areas jointly issued an advisory limiting the movement of people and the entry of non-residents for non-essential travel as this city and Benguet province are placed under Alert Level 4. Residents traveling within and between the BLISTT are required to present documents showing th
  8. MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-Phivolcs) will inaugurate its Mindanao Cluster Monitoring Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (PMCMCET) on Friday (Sept. 24) via Zoom. The ceremony will be facilitated through the InfoSentro sa Phivolcs online press conference. The establishment of the cluster center in the Davao Seismic Station is one of the Institute’s strategies to ensure service continuity of its national earthquake and tsunami monitoring operations in cases of major disruptions in ke
  9. Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño (Screengrab from RTVM/PCOO) MANILA – An official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday has recommended the wearing of the vaccination cards like IDs when going to public places. At the Laging Handa media briefing, DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño, who was once a barangay captain himself, said he would propose an additional requirement of health protocols to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EI
  10. (File photo) MANILA – Filipinos are no longer required to wear face shields outdoors, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Wednesday. Duterte made the pronouncement, as he approved the recommendation of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to limit the use of face shields to the so-called “3Cs,” which refers to “closed and crowded” spaces, and activities that “promote close contact.” “I was informed of the recommendation from the Technical Advisory Group and medical groups that the use of face shields, on top of face mask, may be limited to high-risk activit
  11. Here are the times in the States (ET times) for Ryder Cup Featured Matches Fri., Sept. 24 8:00AM-7:00PM Sat., Sept. 25 8:00AM-7:00PM Sun., Sept. 26 12:00PM-6:00PM I understand that the Golf Channel and NBC in the States and Sky Sports will be showing it , however not sure if Golf Channel Thailand will be airing it live as well. Morning matches shoulds start around 19,00hrs in Thailand. Maybe someone out there can tell everyone how to catch this all Live?
  12. Jordan Spieth looks to win the Ryder Cup on home soil at Whistling Straits. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) What a time to be a sports fan in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Bucks captured their second NBA title in July, the Milwaukee Brewers clinched a postseason berth over the weekend and perhaps never have been better equipped to win the World Series for the first time, and now Whistling Straits is ready to host the Ryder Cup. In a sense, the familiar sports-centric refrain, “wait ‘til next year” arrived in the Badger State, and it was exactly the messaging at this
  13. International arrivals to Vietnam sank 43.0 percent year-on-year to 9.3 thousand in August of 2021. This was after a 46.4 percent slump in the prior month, dragged down by a surge of the Delta strain of COVID-19 cases in the country. Visitors plunged from Asia (-53.1 percent), mostly China (-48.4 percent); and Australia (-32.1 percent). On the other hand, visitors rose from America (102.0 percent), namely the US (255.7 percent); and Europe (48.9 percent), of which, Russia (28.7 percent), the UK (59.0 percent), France (460.5 percent), and Germany
  14. Vietnam’s coast along the South China Sea makes it prone to typhoons. While this geography makes the country ideal for trade and supply chains, seasonal typhoons often cause millions of infrastructural damage, which also can disrupt business as usual. According to vietnam-briefing.com , in August 2020, for example, two people were killed due to tropical storm Sinlaku, which slammed into Vietnam’s northern coast, affecting the Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, and Nghe An provinces. Most recently, in September 2021, Typhoon Conson caused landslides resulting in damaged
  15. The current COVID-19 crisis has crippled Saigon’s economy and disrupted the daily life of millions of people, but perhaps most tragically, it has also taken thousands of lives. Last week, on September 14, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training presented to municipal leaders a report on how the new school year is taking place in the face of the local outbreak, according to Phu Nu. The school year began in early September. Saigon students are taking classes online for the entirety of the first semester via virtual classrooms and pre-recorded
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