For thousands of years, people have built their great metropolises right up against the contours of coasts, in estuaries and deltas, confident of the ebb and flow of the tides. Domination of the seas allowed many coastal cities to become trading powerhouses and cultural melting pots. But now that strength is becoming a liability as climate change swells the oceans, redrawing the map and putting hundreds of millions at risk. That's the warning of an unpublished draft report by the UN's climate science advisory panel, seen exclusively by AFP , which outlines the vast and urgent climate threats facing the planet. From the air, you can see the problem. In city upon city, office towers, warehouses and homes crowd the water's edge as if they are jostling to take a dip, major roads hug the shore, landing strips jut dauntlessly into the frothing waves. These cities are on the "frontline", the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says. "Difficult choices will … [Read more...] about Coastal cities face their mortality on the climate ‘frontline’
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Speaking with SGGP News about the matter, a Member of the National Financial and Monetary Policy Advisory Council, M.A. Can Van Luc, believed the proposal is highly impractical. Mr. Luc said it is unreasonable for VAFI to compare Vietnam’s bank interest with European and other ASEAN countries when drafting the proposal. “Vietnam’s credit rating and inflation is higher than that of other countries, so it is understandable that we need to issue higher interest rates”, he said. Mr. Luc also stated how reduced interest rates will have a negative impact on liquidity in that it discourages customers from making deposits, which will result in commercial banks lacking cash. A zero-percent interest rate will discourage people from making deposits. (Photo: SGGP) Moreover, people will start looking into risky investments such as stocks, real estate, virtual money, and even rushing to buy gold or foreign currencies if interest rates drop to zero percent, he added. Meanwhile, the … [Read more...] about Experts denounced proposal for zero-percent deposit interest rate
Germany ’s Frankfurter Rundschau (FR) newspaper runs article on the lawsuit by Vietnamese-French Tran To Nga (Photo: VNA) Berlin (VNA) – Germany’s Frankfurter Rundschau (FR) newspaper on May 9 ran an article highlighting a lawsuit by Vietnamese-French Tran To Nga over multinational companies which produced and sold the toxic chemical Agent Orange (AO) containing dioxin sprayed by US forces during the war in Vietnam. The article emphasizes that the consequences of the toxins continue lingering in Vietnam until now. The author of the article, Stefan Brändle, described 79-year-old Nga as a woman with a robust appearance but suffering from many different severe diseases such as breast cancer, type-II diabetes, high blood pressure, alpha thalassemia and heart-related diseases. When she was exposed to AO/dioxin in 1966, Nga did not know about the fatal effect of the chemical that can transmit to later generations. But when she gave birth to her first child in 1969, the baby … [Read more...] about German newspaper: Consequences of Agent Orange lingers in Vietnam
Before "The white silk dress" and "Rom" successfully introduced the Vietnam film industry to the world, Vietnam had another masterpiece, yet is quiet and simple compare to other movies: "When the tenth month comes"- a film by Dang Nhat Minh. The story is about Duyen-a woman who lost her husband during the war. She did not want to tell everyone especially her weakened father-in-law. Until she could not keep the secret anymore, everything seems broken. Although the script is simple and there is no gunfire during the whole film, it can still describe the brutality of the war. Critics claim that Duyen’s eye contact whenever she thinks about her husband is truly the highlight of the movie, and it took many tears from many generations. Not just domestic, the movie was successful in international stages and convinced international critics, claiming the awards in Hawaii, Moscow, and Nantes International Film (1985) and many certifications worldwide./. VNA … [Read more...] about When the tenth month comes: The early bird of Vietnam film industry in international stages
Violating COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control regulations in Ho Chi Minh City is punishable by a fine worth up to VND40 million (US$1,730). Due to the increasingly serious developments of the pandemic, the municipal People’s Committee issued directive No. 10 on Saturday evening to enforce stricter virus prevention and control measures, namely shutting down unofficial markets, limiting public gatherings to three people, and suspending public transport. Hefty fines are to be imposed on violators to make sure these regulations are obeyed. A VND1-3 million ($43-130) fine has been authorized for those who fail to wear face masks in public places. Participating in a gathering of more than three people in public is punishable by a fine worth VND10-20 million ($434-869) for each offender. Failure to comply with authorities’ order to shut down non-essential businesses and unofficial markets is punishable by a VND10-20 million ($434-869) fine. Those who fail to report a … [Read more...] about How are violators of COVID-19 preventive measures penalized in Ho Chi Minh City?