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  1. A Canadian-listed mining company has been granted a concession over more than half of an Indonesian island. Environmentalists say the gold mine threatens Sangihe island's ancient forests, which are home to endemic birds. And locals fear it will affect their water supply. Sangihe Island Mining on small islands in Indonesia was off-limits until a controversial pro-business bill was passed last year. International media are now giving the issue major coverage, including the BBC who went to visit the remote island to film and see what is at
  2. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah highlights that Brunei Darussalam is truly confident and patient in using the divine vaccine in facing the pandemic. Because of this, His Majesty adds, the country has never stopped reciting the zikir and supplicating. His Majesty is also confident what is happening to the country which has enjoyed the miracle of more than a year without local infection, is due to being close to
  3. State-owned power distributor PLN has just announced that it is extending an electricity relief scheme to the end of the year. According to the Jakarta Post, this is to ease the burden on consumers and businesses, many of whom are suffering financially under emergency public activity restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Electrification Director General Rida Mulyana said on Monday that extending the relief program by another three months would cost Rp 4.97 trillion (US$341.56 million). In
  4. Customers buy pork at a supermarket in Hà Nội. Russia ranked first in terms of exports of pork to Vietnam in the first half of this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Over 100 Vietnamese companies participated in an online business matching event with entrepreneurs from Moscow earlier this week. The event was organised by Moscow Export Center with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and trade mission of Russia in Vietnam. Apparently, there are many businesses in Moscow that are keen in penetrating the markets of Southeast Asian cou
  5. Con Dao Island airport in Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province. — Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport Con Dao Island airport in the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu is now expected to be expanded to accept bigger aircraft, which will increase capacity to two million passengers a year. The Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAAV) has submitted to the Ministry of Transport a planning adjustment for Con Dao Airport by 2030 for approval. The initial planning for the airport’s upgrade and expansion was approved by the Minister of Transport in 2006. The Co
  6. MANILA – The Philippines will have a “steady supply” of Covid-19 vaccines in the next six months, as the national government has secured 164 million doses through procurement, while sourcing additional shots from the COVAX Facility and bilateral donations. This assurance was announced by National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chairperson, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., during the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum participated by member-agencies of the Security, Justice, and Peace Cluster on Wedne
  7. According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam attracted US$15.27 billion worth of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first half of 2021. This includes US$2.05 billion from the RoK, accounting for 13.4 percent of FDI pledges to Vietnam. Other leading investors include Japan and Singapore. During the reviewed period, Japanese and Singaporean investors focused on new FDI projects in Vietnam, while RoK pledges were made to existing projects. Specifically, US$750 million was added to the LG Display Vietnam Hai Phong's project. The
  8. Over the past couple of years we have all been absorbing online the masses of information by so called experts on Vaccines. Pfizer does this, or Johnson and Johnson only needs one shot, the information just keeps on coming. Currently I see most of us will fall into three camps. The first group are saying I want to be vaccinated now and will take any brand they have. Or there are those who say they prefer to wait, and maybe see what possible side effects could happen. And finally there are those that just say I don't want
  9. MANILA – A total of 562,770 out of the 40 million doses of Pfizer vaccine purchased by the government finally arrived in the country on Wednesday. The bulk of which will be allocated to areas in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus 8 that are able of storing the sensitive shots. GOV’T-PROCURED PFIZER JABS. National Task Force against Covid-19 Chief Implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., welcomes the freshly delivered Pfizer vaccines at NAIA on Wednesday night (July 21, 2021). A total of 562,770 doses were delivered, at least 459,810 of which were shipped to L
  10. Jesse's on street promotion Image credit: Jesse James Joves It can be frustrating to find a significant other or jowa, especially if you have been single for years. You have probably memorized all the rituals that go along with dating, only to find yourself still alone despite putting yourself out there many times. For one Philippine netizen Jesse, who had been single for eight years, finding the special one takes some extra creativity. This entertaining photo of a weird guy who is offering himself as goods at a jowa community pantry elicit comm
  11. Metro Pacific Tollways Corp (MPTC) are planning to complete its P155-billion ‘Urban Ring Road,’ a network linking expressways in all four directions of Metro Manila to make travel seamless for motorists, in around three to five years. So far, some parts of the road’s three expressway sections “have been completed, a few are under construction, while the rest are in the planning stage,” according to MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco. The C-5 Expressway begins where CP Garcia Avenue leaves off, proceeding to the Marcos Avenue Interchange, then moves on to Libi
  12. With the pandemic playing havoc with businesses across Vietnam, it is getting hard to know exactly where you can go and exactly what is open. Worldwide outdoor activities have been recommended, and golf has been one sport that has been extremely popular. However, it is exceedingly difficult to actually find out what clubs are still open. Therefore, if you have recently played or maybe live near a course do drop us a line here and let us know what is closed or still open. This way everyone can get the information quickly.
  13. With the pandemic playing havoc with businesses across Vietnam, it is getting hard to know exactly where you can go and exactly what is open. Worldwide out door activities have been recommended, and golf has been one sport that has been very popular. However it is very difficult to actually find out what clubs are still open. Therefore if you have recently played or maybe live near a course do drop us a line here and let us know what is closed or still open. This way everyone can get the information quickly.
  14. Senator Alan Ling The Sarawak state election, which is currently scheduled to be held before year-end, should be postponed to next year until the Covid-19 situation in the country is fully under control, said Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary Alan Ling. Ling said the state government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) should not hold the state election this year, as the country is still battling the Covid-19 pandemic. “The daily infection does not show any improvements. In fact, it is getting worse. In Sarawak, the cases are still high even th
  15. Children having fun outdoors. (File photo) Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said on Tuesday (July 20, 2021) that all Metro Manila mayors have voted to keep children five years old and above at home after the health department confirmed that two Covid-19 Delta variant-positive patients were from Manila. After a very short “freedom” for children five years and above, the Manila city government is now encouraging parents to once again keep their children at home due to the threat caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
  16. Rain will persist on Wednesday, July 21, due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Fabian (In-fa) and Severe Tropical Storm Cempaka. Fabian is the Philippines' sixth tropical cyclone for 2021 and the second for July. Typhoon Fabian slightly intensified before dawn on Wednesday, July 21, while the enhanced southwest monsoon continued to affect the Philippines. Fabian now has maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour from the previous 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 160 km/h from the previous 150 km/h, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysic
  17. On July 15, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens welcomed an addition to its 1,000-member fauna family: a new baby giraffe. Meet Baby Giraffe, the latest member of the Saigon Zoo crew. Photo via Người Lao Động The young calf, a girl, was delivered healthy and safely on Thursday 15th July after 15 months of gestation. Freshly out of her mother’s womb, the calf already weighed about 50 kilograms and stood at an impressive height of 1.6 meters. The birth of this little giraffe came under special circumstances, as almost all of Ho Chi Minh City
  18. The Vietnam Railways Corporation (VNR) said on July 20 that it will organize the first container train transporting goods from the nation to Belgium, with the journey set to depart from Yen Vien station and arriving at Liege in Belgium. Vietnam Railways launches the first freight train service from Vietnam to Belgium. (Photo: VNA) According to a report by Vietnam Times, following their arrival in Belgium, the containers will subsequently be transported by road to their final destination of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. VNR said the train carried 23 cont
  19. Users of 3G, 4G networks are among those expected to be affected by the Asia America Gateway's problem. File Photo. Vietnam's internet connection via the Asia America Gateway (AAG) undersea cable broke down again, only two days after being fixed. A representative of a network service provider in Vietnam said a fault had been detected Monday at the SH1 branch of the Asia America Gateway (AAG). The fault was at an undersea optical fiber cable that lies around 107 kilometers off beach town Vung Tau in southern Vietnam. The problem may affect about 1
  20. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2021. Photo by Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein. The US Pentagon have announced that U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines starting this Friday July 23rd, 2021. The will be the first visit to Southeast Asia by a top member of the Biden administration, and demonstrates the importance it places on the region and on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific architecture, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby said.
  21. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2021. Photo by Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein. The US Pentagon have announced that U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines starting this Friday July 23rd, 2021. The will be the first visit to Southeast Asia by a top member of the Biden administration, and demonstrates the importance it places on the region and on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific architecture, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby said.
  22. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2021. Photo by Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein. The US Pentagon have announced that U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Philippines Singapore and Vietnam starting this Friday July 23rd, 2021. The will be the first visit to Southeast Asia by a top member of the Biden administration, and demonstrates the importance it places on the region and on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific architecture, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby said.
  23. The 75-meter bridge connecting two areas in Barangay Nauhang, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. It now allows tourists to reach Sugar Beach Resort and Langub Beach Resort in the village without riding a boat. (Photo courtesy of DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineer's Office) BACOLOD CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently completed a 75-meter bridge that allows tourists to reach two popular beach areas in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental without riding a boat. With the structure in place, the public now has easier access to the pristine beac
  24. A man has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for illegal entry into Vietnam from Laos and spreading Covid-19. Dao Duy Tung stand trials in northern Hai Duong Province for spreading Covid-19 to other people, July 16, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Manh Hung. A Vietnamese national, identified as Dao Duy Tung, 32, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by Vietnamese authorities on Friday for illegal entry and spreading dangerous infectious diseases. VN Express reports that the man had illegally crossed into Laos on 5 April, but upon failing to find employ
  25. Laos has extended lockdown measures until 3 August after confirming a further 114 cases of Covid-19 today. Dr. Sanong Thongsana, Deputy Minister of Health, led the announcement by the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control today. Dr. Phonepaseuth Xayamoungkhoun announced that the country had confirmed a total of 3,540 after 114 new cases were confirmed today. The new cases, all imported, were revealed following 1,296 tests conducted over the past 24 hours as 1,296 people entered the country. Vientiane Capital recorded three cases,
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