North Korea is experiencing its worst drought in over a century, official media reported Friday, days after the World Food Programme expressed "very serious concerns" about the situation in the country. Farmers are dwarfed against a hill as they work in a corn field in South Hwanghae, North Korea. Photo: AP The isolated, impoverished North -- which is under several sets of sanctions over its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes -- has long struggled to feed itself, and suffers chronic food shortages. It recorded its worst harvest for a decade last year, according to the United Nations, down by 500,000 tonnes as natural disasters combined with its lack of arable land and inefficient agriculture to hit production. In the year to Wednesday the North received just 56.3 millimetres of rain or snow, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported Friday, the lowest since 1917. Water was running out in the country's lakes and reservoirs, said the paper, the official mouthpiece of … [Read more...] about North Korea seeing worst drought in a century: state media
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The Hanoitimes - South Korea remained Vietnam’s top investor, posting annual registered capital of FDI in range of US$7 – US$9 billion over the last five years. South Korea’s SK Group to invest US$1 billion in Vietnam’s Vingroup: Bloomberg South Korea’s unicorn Woowa Brothers acquires Vietnam’s food delivery Vietnammm South Korea’s major conglomerates seek investment expansion in Vietnam South Korea’s leading corporations tap into Vietnam’s finance - banking sector Vietnam – South Korea relations are built on high level of mutual trust, and the two countries share similarities in culture and history, according to South Korea Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Do Hyon. Overview of the conference. Source: Ngoc Thuy. “Being the host of the second North Korea – US summit, Vietnam plays a key role facilitating cooperation between the North and the South,” Kim said at the eighth International … [Read more...] about Vietnam – South Korea relations built on high level of mutual trust: Amb.
Danang tourism to further tap S. KoreaBy Nhan Tam South Korean tourists at Danang Cathedral in Danang City - PHOTO: NHAN TAM DANANG – The central coastal city of Danang is expected to attract additional tourists from a new source market, Sacheon, a city in South Korea’s South Gyeongsang Province, to diversify the groups of travelers from that country. Speaking at a meeting between representatives of the Danang Tourism Association and Sacheon City on October 2, Nguyen Duc Quynh, vice chairman of the steering committee of Danang Hotel Association, noted that the number of South Korean arrivals in Danang City rises by 20%-30% each year. In addition to multiple South Korean nationals living and working in the city, a score of Korean restaurants have been opened, and the city has seen some Korean residential areas being established. However, the number of South Korean tourists returning to Danang City remains modest. “Most of the South Korean visitors … [Read more...] about Danang tourism to further tap S. Korea
A discotheque hidden among the back alleys of eastern Seoul is packed with hundreds of grey-haired couples on a Monday afternoon, dancing to local hits from the 1960s in a basketball court-sized hall. Kim Sa-gyu, 85, calls it his “playground.” “What else would I do all day? My family is busy with work. I hate going to senior centers cause all they do there is smoking,” said Kim, wearing a beret as he sat on a bench at the edge of a dance floor decorated with fairy lights and mirror balls. Seven days a week, he gets up at 5 a.m., has breakfast with his son and two grandchildren, gets an hour of massage therapy to relieve knee pain, then hops on a bus. His destination is the daytime disco for the elderly in New Hyundai Core. Kim, who has been jobless since retiring as a hospital administer 20 years ago, is among about 1,000 customers each weekday at the disco, called a colatec. It is one of nearly 1,000 such facilities around the country. Almost 2,000 people visit … [Read more...] about In daytime discos, South Korea’s elderly find escape from anxiety
Better safety performance for VN: Climbing the ranks of the world’s safest countries Keeping people safe is one of society’s most important responsibilities. Safety is about the commitment to doing the right things to protect people, families and communities whether they are in public, on the roads, at work or simply going about their daily lives at home. VietNamNet Bridge would like to introduce an article by safety expert David Wroth, who is Director of Data Science of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which makes the annual UL Safety Index. Mr. David Wroth Each year, our organization conducts a global analysis of safety performance, and as a result we have a good indicator of which countries are the best at keeping their citizens safe, which are the most challenged, and which are making progress or falling behind. The UL Safety Index™ is based on data-science and algorithms, and it is designed to help policy makers, leaders and civic organizations … [Read more...] about Better safety performance for VN: Climbing the ranks of the world’s safest countries