Masks like those of his are related to a type of theater quite popular across southern Vietnam multiple decades ago known as hat boi or hat tuong, in which a performer in elaborate colorful costumes and accessories combines singing, gestures and facial expressions to depict a character. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese man devotes life to making traditional masks despite their waning popularity
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Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand is planning to pour 400 billion baht (12.66 billion USD) of state investment into the economy in the second quarter of this year after the passage of the delayed 3.2-trillion-baht (101.1 billion USSD) annual budget bill for fiscal 2020. Local media quoted Minister of Finance Uttama Savanayana as saying on February 21 that shortly after the budget bill takes effect, 350 billion baht out of the 640 billion baht worth of investment budget can be drawn down because these projects' terms of reference (ToR) have been completed. An additional 96 billion baht will be available for withdrawal later, he said. The 3.2-trillion-baht annual budget expenditure for fiscal 2020 was supposed to be available from October 1, 2019 but was hampered by the lengthy government installation and legislative process. The delayed fiscal budget is dragging down economic growth as a result of the impact from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, drought and the global economic … [Read more...] about Thailand steps up state investment amid COVID-19 impacts
The famous beach destination is bustling even as the Ministry of Health said Monday that Khanh Hoa Province, where it is located, could be declared free of the novel coronavirus epidemic soon. The central province has not recorded a single infection for 30 days. … [Read more...] about After brief lull, foreign tourists throng Nha Trang beaches again
U.S. stocks sold off and the Nasdaq had its worst daily percentage decline in about three weeks on Friday as the spike in new coronavirus cases and data showing a stall in U.S. business activity in February fueled investors' fears about economic growth. The rise in coronavirus cases sent investors scrambling for safe havens such as gold and government bonds. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus spreads in China prisons, Korean church as fears weigh on global markets
Many hospitals are now billed as the best hospitals reaching international standards. However, there has yet to be clear legislation on this issue. Therefore, hospitals add the word "international" to their names only to impress customers and make unsubstantiated claims about the quality of their services. … [Read more...] about Is international hospital really international?