The cameras are used to take pictures of users’ backs when they are lying in bed. The pictures are then sent to a photo editing program which determines the back’s size and the spine’s coordinates. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese college students design award-winning massage bot
Hanoi (VNA) – Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BoT) Veerathai Santiprabhob said on July 20 that it will take several years for foreign tourist numbers to return to the 40 million level. The central bank forecast only an estimated 8 million foreign visitors in Thailand this year, down 80 percent from last year's record number of 39.8 million. The BOT has forecast Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy will shrink by a record 8.1 percent, with bottom seen in the second quarter. Veerathai said it will take about two years for the economy to return to the levels before COVID-19, adding that the most worrying issue is employment, particularly in the service and manufacturing sector./. … [Read more...] about Thailand to take years for foreign tourist numbers to normal: central bank
HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Lack of funds is the main reason for the slow progress of several major transportation works in Ho Chi Minh City, the municipal People’s Council heard at a session last week. Tran Quang Lam, Director of the municipal Department of Transport, said in the past five years the transport sector has been developing well, contributing significantly to socio-economic development. The average road area has reached 2.2km per square kilometre of land, and transportation works account for 12.2 percent of urban construction in terms of area, he said. But most major works are not completed on schedule, he admitted. The city has been unable to mobilise an amount of 372 trillion VND (over 16 billion USD) required for them. Since 2017 no build- transfer (BT) projects have been undertaken due to problems related to paperwork, he said. The city said it had attracted investments for BOT (build - operate - transfer) projects to upgrade a number of major … [Read more...] about HCM City’s transport infrastructure works progress slowly
Vietnam is drafting the eighth national power development master plan after failure to implement electricity generation and electricity network projects under the seventh plan. With Scenario 5, Vietnam would not build more coal-fired power plants after 2030. Scenario 6 considers developing nuclear power after 2035 with 1,000 MW of nuclear power by 2040 and 5,000 MW by 2045. … [Read more...] about Will cheap nuclear power be safe enough?
Hanoi (VNA) – To mitigate losses caused by COVID-19, besides tightening their belts, businesses have also mapped out other solutions. Proactively designing response scenarios Aware of the widespread and severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on business, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has adjusted its business plan, according to Chairman of the Board of Directors of ACV LaI Xuan Thanh. He said ACV decided to coordinate with airlines to seek new markets and find opportunities in risks, in the spirit of the Prime Minister’s instruction. Citing the lesson learnt during the period of the SARS epidemic when airlines fell into big difficulties due to their over-dependence on the Chinese market, the ACV Chairman said after that, the aviation industry has restructured its markets to avoid depending on a certain market. “Airlines need to shift attention to other markets, while airports like Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat will receive more flights by other airlines … [Read more...] about Finding opportunities in risk: transport sector restructuring