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Vietnam Welcomes New Year with Economic Recovery

Vietnam cited its textile and garment sector as one of the keys to its economic recovery.
Generally speaking, the worst hit by the pandemic is the economy. However, this year Vietnam is optimistic that they will recover despite the Omicron variant.  The country welcomes the new year with economic recovery. Ditching the "Zero-Covid" Policy for Economic Recovery The country ditched its "Zero-Covid"...

Food and Beverage Industry: Vietnam Sees Better Outlook in 2022

The Vietnamese government is hoping for a better outlook in 2022 for its food and beverage industry as the pandemic crippled its economy.
Vietnam expects a better outlook for its food and beverage industry in 2022, stimulated by new swings in consumption. According to the Deloitte survey, consumer spending will have a different pattern. They will spend 84% on fresh foods and 70% on packaged foods. It's because...

Komodo National Park: On the Verge of Destruction?

The Komodo National Park is on the verge of destruction as new construction facilities arise that could destroy the reptiles' natural habitat.
Indonesia is famous for the Komodo National Park, where lots of Komodo dragons inhabit the country's Lesser Sunda Islands. Komodo dragons are now an endangered species. The 700-square-mile sanctuary also gives shelter to Timor deer, an orange-footed scrub fowl, and various marine species. It includes...

Mt. Semeru Volcano Spews Hot Clouds, Indication of Another Explosion?

Indonesians fear another eruption from Mt. Semeru volcano. The country recently experienced a 7.4 magnitude earthquake.
Almost two weeks after its eruption, Mt. Semeru volcano showed signs of activity. It spewed hot clouds on Dec. 16 that raced 4.5 km down the volcano's eastern slope. Mt. Semeru Volcano, "The Great Mountain" The Mt. Semeru volcano is the highest mountain on Java Island....

Philippines Reports First Omicron Variant Cases

Two Omicron variant cases have been detected in the Philippines. One from a returning overseas Filipino while the other is a Nigerian national.
The Department of Health (DOH) verified that the country has two Omicron variant cases. The Philippine Genome Center detected the virus from the sequenced 48 samples on Monday, Dec. 13. The two Omicron variant cases involve a Filipino returning from Japan who arrived on December...

World Bank Loan: Philippines Secures $600M for Economic Recovery

The World Bank grants the Philippines another loan worth $600M to help boost the economy and support other important reforms.
The pandemic had caused extreme devastation and continues to destroy the worldwide economy. Even wealthy countries feel the effects, what more of the developing countries? Different nations turn to World Bank loans to help their dwindling economy. Recently, it granted the Philippines $600M to...

Electric Cars Could Threaten the Philippines’ ‘Last Frontier’

The demand for "eco-friendly" electric cars that use lithium batteries threatens Palawan's ecosystem - the Philippines' last frontier.
The Philippine archipelago consists of 7,640 islands dotted with beautiful, pristine rainforests and farmlands. However, with the rise of "eco-friendly" electric cars that use lithium batteries, the rest is history. Palawan: Philippines' Last Frontier Threatened by Electric Cars Palawan serves as the Philippines' "last frontier." Most...

Cambodia Airport Welcomes World’s Largest Airlines

Cambodia airports start welcoming some of the biggest airlines around the world.
Cambodia airport began welcoming some of the biggest airlines around the world despite the Omicron variant. Cambodia Airport Busy as a Bee Again It's been a long time since Cambodia airport became busy receiving locals and foreigners because of the pandemic. According to Phnom Penh International...

Miss Universe 2021: No Indonesian Contestant to Vie for the Crown

Indonesia confirmed that it won't send a representative to the Miss Universe 2021 due to lack of preparation and Omicron variant concerns.
The Miss Universe 2021 pageant is fast approaching, and every contestant is excited about the big event. However, not everyone is enthusiastic because some countries can't participate due to the current Omicron variant threat. Indonesia announced that it wouldn't send a contestant to represent the...

Omicron Variant Rushes Countries to Impose Travel Bans

The Philippines is temporarily suspending tourists entry from "red list" countries to prevent Omicron variant from spreading.
Most ASEAN countries have already opened their borders while others are getting ready to open their tourist attractions to foreign visitors. However, with the emergence of the new Covid virus mutation, Omicron variant, it seems that tourism will have to wait for an indefinite time. The Philippines...

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Climate change is a global issue that every country must take into consideration as it affects all things that live on Earth.

Climate Change Continuously Takes Its Toll on ASEAN countries

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Animal abuse has been evident in some circus and amusement facilities in Vietnam. based on Animals Asia's report.

Animals Asia Uncovers Animal Abuse in Vietnam’s Circuses and Amusement Parks

Animals Asia exposes animal abuse in Vietnam's circuses and entertainment parks. The government's drive to protect the animals isn't enough to cushion them from...
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Malaysia Should Add More Value on Exports

Because of the pandemic, Malaysia wasn't able to entice foreign direct investment, unlike before. According to former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, they missed the...