Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s export in the first five months shrank by 1.9 percent to 86.99 billion USD, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC). In May alone, the export value declined 4.4 percent to 17.62 billion USD. The MOC attributed the decrease to difficulties facing the global economy and the low price of agri-products and oil. The devaluation of Pound caused by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will further bite into Thailand’s export value in two to three months to come, it said. The MOC said if export value maintains at 17 billion USD per month from now to the end of the year, the total export earnings will go down for the whole year. But, export is expected to rise in the second half. In order to achieve the growth target of 5 percent, the export will bring home 19-20 billion USD per month from now until the end of this year. In May, the import rose 0.5 percent from a year ago to 16.08 billion USD, resulting in a … [Read more...] about Thailand: Export down nearly 2 pct in first five months
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Bane is no Joker. But will that matter for "The Dark Knight Rises?" Christopher Nolan's final Batman installment may well hinge on Bane, a little-known villain outside comic book circles. He will be played by Tom Hardy, star of Nolan's "Inception." And Hardy has a tough act to follow in Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning turn as the Joker. The hulkish Bane broke Batman's back in the comic book series. Does that mean Bane will break Batman's back in "The Dark Knight Rises"? Warner Bros. Motion Pictures President Jeff Robinov isn't saying -- but he did say he is enthusiastic over the response to the marketing. "I think people are really responding to how cool, unique and distinct he is," Robinov said. "The initial feedback on the reveal for Bane's look was really strong," he added of the character nicknamed "The Man Who Broke the Bat." Robinov expects the reaction to the character to be even stronger when the six-minute "Dark Knight Rises" prologue, which features footage of Bane, … [Read more...] about Can Bane measure up to Joke in new Batman film?
Coffee fruit in Vietnam are fully grown and of similar size to recent years after rains boosted crop development, according to producers in the biggest supplier of robusta beans used by Nestle SA. Farmers have applied two rounds of fertilizer and are preparing for a final round in two to three weeks before harvesting starts in October, they said. Production may drop 3 percent to 1.65 million metric tons in 2014-2015 from a record a year earlier, according to a Bloomberg survey this month. The start of the harvest may pressure futures in London which have climbed 17 percent this year on speculation that consumption will outstrip supply. The robusta shortfall will be 1.6 million bags, or 96,000 tons, in 2014-2015, according to Volcafe Ltd. Total coffee demand will exceed output by as much as 10 million bags, the International Coffee Organization said this month, based on research by others. "Cherries have basically reached their full size after heavy rains," said Vu Dinh Noi, head of … [Read more...] about Coffee growers in Vietnam say rain helps crop before harvest
BUENOS AIRES - A 58-year-old Uruguayan man who disappeared four months ago in the remote Andes Mountains was found alive on Sunday, after he spent a brutal winter eating rats and raisins to survive, local media reported. Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui in May set out to cross the mountains from Chile to Argentina on foot because his motorcycle broke down. He then reportedly lost his way during a snowstorm. Argentine officials from the northwestern province of San Juan stumbled upon Gomez in a shelter 2,840 metres (9,318 feet) above sea level when they traveled there to record snow levels. A feeble Gomez was able to hobble over and open the shelter's door, alerting the crew to his presence. "The truth is that this is a miracle. We still can't believe it," San Juan Governor Jose Luis Gioja told the local Diario de Cuyo newspaper. "We let him talk to his wife, his mother and his daughter. ... I asked him: 'Are you a believer?' He told me, 'no, but now I am.'" Sugar, raisins, rats … [Read more...] about Uruguayan found alive after 4 months lost in the Andes: Argentine media
The Australia-based New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is set to debut its Visa Debit card on October 20, aiming to satisfy daily transaction and shopping needs of customers. ANZ Visa Debit card entitles the holder to pay for shopping within the cash limits of the holder's bank account. And the card can be acceptable at world-wide shopping transactions without being charged. The bank is seeking the nod from the central bank to establish a credit card joint venture with Vietnam's largest private bank, Sacombank. … [Read more...] about ANZ debuts Visa Debit card in Vietnam