More than 80 percent of Japanese oppose hosting the virus-postponed Olympics this year, a new poll published Monday showed, with just under 10 weeks until the Tokyo Games. The latest survey comes after Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency Friday as the nation battles a fourth wave of virus infections. The surge has put pressure on the country's healthcare system, with medical professionals repeatedly warning about shortages and burnout. The weekend survey by the Asahi Shimbun daily found 43 percent of respondents want the Games cancelled, and 40 percent want a further postponement. Those figures are up from 35 percent who backed cancellation in a survey by the paper a month ago, and 34 percent who wanted a further delay. Only 14 percent support holding the Games this summer as scheduled, down from 28 percent, according to the poll of 1,527 replies from 3,191 telephone calls. If the Games do go ahead, 59 percent of respondents said they want no … [Read more...] about Over 80 percent of Japanese oppose Olympics this summer: poll
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Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Foreign investors have poured 15.27 billion USD of investment in Vietnam so far this year, equivalent to 97.4 percent of the amount recorded in the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI). The ministry reported that as of June 20, 9.55 billion USD had been injected into 804 newly-licenced projects, up 13.2 percent year on year. Meanwhile, 4.12 billion USD had been added into 460 underway projects, a year on year rise of 10.6 percent. Foreign investors also poured 1.61 billion USD in share purchase deals in Vietnam, according to the ministry. Meanwhile, the disbursement of FDI in the period rose 6.8 percent year on year to 9.24 billion USD. Among the 18 sectors attracting FDI, manufacturing-processing lured the highest amount at 6.98 billion USD, accounting for 45.7 percent of the total investment, followed by power production and distribution with 5.34 billion USD, making up … [Read more...] about Vietnam attracts over 15 billion USD of FDI in six months
The index stayed in the green for most of the morning session, but moved into the red as it was about to end. It began the afternoon session with a surge to the 1,384-range before dipping back into the red. It rebounded in the last hour of trading to close with a 2.85 points gain. Trading value on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), on which the index is based, dropped 12.5 percent to VND18.48 trillion ($803.65 million), the lowest since April 29. The bourse saw 112 tickers gain and 274 lose. The VN30 basket comprising the index’s 30 largest capped stocks saw 14 tickers in the green. Top gainers Thursday session were tickers of two real estate firms, Phat Dat Real Estate Development and Novaland Group. PDR of Phat Dat Real Estate Development rose 3.4 percent, ending three consecutive sessions in the red. The ticker has risen over 112 percent so far this year. NVL of real estate developer Novaland Group grew 2.7 percent to a new peak. It has grown over 139 percent since … [Read more...] about VN-Index gains after fluctuating session
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?
Sa Dec IP in Dong Thap province (Photo: investvietnam.gov.vn) Dong Thap (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has attracted 123 investment projects worth over 24 trillion VND (over 1 billion USD) to three industrial parks (IPs) and 16 industrial clusters, according to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade. Deputy Director of the department Nguyen Van Na said the occupancy rate in the Sa Dec, Tran Quoc Toan and Song Hau IPs reached 98 percent. Local authorities are paying attention to developing IPs and industrial clusters, and border economic zones with favourable locations, and promoting connection with neighboring regions and localities such Can Tho, Vinh Long, and Long An, thus creating a network to catch investment inflows. IPs and industrial clusters in the locality have seen projects belonging various industries, especially food, aquatic and animal feed processing. The province has 20 aquatic processing enterprises operating in IPs, … [Read more...] about Dong Thap: IPs, industrial clusters lure over 1 bln USD of investment
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’