Best Western Hotels & Resorts will migrate all of its business-critical applications to AWS, including its hotel reservation system, customer reward platform, and global contact centres, with plans to complete the migration of these applications from its existing data centres by the end of 2020. Best Western is leveraging the breadth and depth of AWS services, including analytics, machine learning, database, computing, and storage, as well as the expertise of AWS Professional Services, to accelerate the pace of innovation and improve operational efficiency for its member-owners that independently own and operate its hotel properties. As part of its move to the cloud, Best Western Hotels & Resorts is migrating its hotel reservation systems off legacy databases to Amazon Aurora (for its primary database needs) and Amazon Redshift (for data warehousing) to increase capacity and enable the faster processing of hotel reservations around the world, enabling the company to scale … [Read more...] about Best Western Hotels & Resorts goes all-in on AWS
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by Ollie Arci Nestled on Bát Đàn Street in Hà Nội, The T-Art is celebrating its second birthday with a special event and a multitude of new upscale dishes added to the menu. The theme of the celebration is ‘Làng Chài’, or ‘Fishing Village’. As you can expect, the inspiration is all things seafood, but, as always, through her array of gastronomic inventions, Chef Hải Anh elevates the dining to a unique experience. This is storytelling through food. Co-founder Thái Thanh Thủy explains that each dish is designed to evoke a part of life in the fishing villages that dot the Vietnamese coast. With nets and driftwood, the scene is set the moment you walk in the door. GREAT CATCH: In celebration of its second anniversary, The T-Art transports guests to a traditional fishing village. Photos by Ollie Arci From the hors d'oeuvres to the dessert, each delicacy is thoughtfully planned, prepared and presented … [Read more...] about Rocking the boat of Vietnamese cuisine
Dr. Kidong Park Polluted air is harmful to people’s health. Exposure to high concentration of particulate matters (PM), in particular micro particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5), increases the risk of air pollution-related diseases, including acute lower respiratory infections, stroke, heart attack, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Excessive ozone in the air can have a marked effect on human health. It can cause breathing problems, trigger asthma, reduce lung function and lead to lung diseases. Exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) aggravates symptoms of bronchitis in asthmatic children. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) can affect the respiratory system and the functions of the lungs, and causes irritation of the eyes. The WHO air quality guidelines are based on expert evaluation of current scientific evidence and are applied worldwide. Unfortunately, 91 percent of the world population is living in places where the air quality based on WHO guidelines … [Read more...] about Time to take bolder actions for clean air and people’s health
Visitors look at photos displayed at the World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 in Hanoi - Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy of the Netherlands The photos feature multiple topics such as migration, war, animals in the wild, and gender identity. They were selected from some 78,800 entries by nearly 4,740 photographers from 129 countries around the world. Speaking at the opening ceremony on December 6, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman said this is the third time the World Press Photo Exhibition has been organized in Vietnam, but the first time it has been held outdoors. “They are high qualified photos which words cannot describe. Each photo shows the true face of the world we live in and makes us think a lot about it. In the world of threats and fake news, the reality of the photos cannot be underestimated,” she said about the photos. There are also a number of side events, including a lecture about visual literacy, a presentation on the World Press Photo legacy and … [Read more...] about Impressive press photos on display in Hanoi
Ngo Tu Ngan "The water is fine now," a district official told Tu, a neighbor. Relieved at this official confirmation, Tu, in his 40s, immediately changed the water in his five shrimp farms. "What happened next...," Tu choked on his words as he tried to speak to my father, his face taut and lined. After losing the shrimp, Tu and his family did not have much left and had to sell pieces of land that they'd used to breed shrimp for a living. The day Tu signed the papers to sell the land, he cried. Those tears would never wash away the suffering farmers in the area have had to endure. Tu's sad story happened two years ago in my hometown, a village in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu where most locals engaged in shrimp aquaculture. Tu was not the sole victim of misinformation, of course. The water sources in my hometown had become badly polluted those days. We'd read in the news that the pollution was caused by factories dumping untreated waste into the local river. But authorities … [Read more...] about Can officials be trusted to make responsible statements during a crisis?