Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean — and that includes the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and destinations in the Bahamas and Florida — runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Hurricanes can strike at any time, but peak season runs August through October, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 96% of major hurricanes have struck. That period, and extending through November, is also when resorts in the Caribbean, especially, offer rock-bottom rates, enticing budget travelers to risk a storm. For example, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa in St. Lucia currently has an all-inclusive deal for two people for five nights at $1,572 through Dec. 23 compared with $3,485 in high season. Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas has rates from $189, or 30% off high-season prices this fall, including a $100 resort credit. The all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Jamaica is offering rooms in September from $213, a 45% discount. Betting on good weather is always a … [Read more...] about How to reduce the risks of a vacation during hurricane season
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Bringing Siemens tech to healthcare, source: Siemens Healthineers With a system of 1,400 hospitals and 180,000 beds nationwide, Vietnam served more than 10 million patients in 2018. The country’s healthcare system has made tremendous progress in recent years, but the reality remains that the system still faces overcrowded hospitals, shortage of qualified medical experts and staff, lack of sufficient equipment and facilities, and financial shortages for service upgrades. The sustainable development of the country’s healthcare system requires a much larger investment than that of the national budget, thus the public–private partnership (PPP) model has received great attention from government and policymakers, as well as many other healthcare organisations and providers, as one of the key pillars of momentum for healthcare system development in the near future. According to Pham Le Tuan, former Deputy Minister of Health, … [Read more...] about Bringing Siemens tech to healthcare
PUBLISHED: 08:51 22 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:51 22 February 2019 The Paterson Farming Partnership: Bruce Paterson (left) and his brother Gavin (right) of Worstead Farms, with their second cousin Luke Paterson (centre) of Bindwell Ltd. Picture: Chris Hill Chris Hill A Norfolk farming family has ditched its traditional crop rotation to grow maize for energy instead – part of a future-proofing partnership to reduce business risk amid uncertain times. A Case 9230 combine harvester fetched the top price of £130,500 at an auction of modern and vintage farm machinery at Church Farm in Smallburgh. Picture: Brown and CoThe Paterson Farming Partnership is a joint venture between Worstead Farms, run by brothers Gavin, Bruce and Alex Paterson, and Bindwell Ltd, run by their second cousin Luke Paterson.The neighbouring farms, both based bear Stalham, have stopped growing any wheat, barley, oilseed rape and sugar beet, after winning a contract to grow 980 hectares of maize and rye … [Read more...] about Norfolk farms have stopped growing wheat and barley to focus on energy crops instead
Foster Klug Associated Press Published 6:15 AM EST Jan 8, 2019 Seoul – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was expected to meet Tuesday with China’s president at the start of a visit to Beijing believed to be an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim’s trip, announced earlier by both sides, comes after U.S. and North Korean officials are thought to have met in Vietnam to discuss the site of a second summit. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang gave no details about Kim’s schedule or China’s role as an intermediary between the U.S. and North Korea. But he said Beijing remains supportive of efforts to end tensions over U.S. demands for a halt to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. “We always believe that, as key parties to the Korean Peninsula issue, it’s important for the two sides to maintain contact and we always support their dialogue to … [Read more...] about Kim’s trip believed to be an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with Trump
Sebastian Eckardt, lead economist of the World Bank in Vietnam, has recommended the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) to remove the credit growth quota set for each year and let the market determine the credit demand in the economy on its own, as the capital adequacy ratio (CAR) is not deemed sufficient. He advocated the abrogation of administrative measures limiting banks’ credit growth and supported the idea of controlling such growth by a safety ratio instead. However, he also warned about the high credit-to-GDP ratio in Vietnam. According to the ‘Taking stock: An update on Vietnam’s recent economic developments’ report released by the World Bank in December 2018, although local monetary policies remain accommodative, credit conditions have been tightened. The SBV trimmed its credit growth target to 17 per cent in 2018 from the 18 per cent set in the previous year. The monetary authority has also reinstated its view on controlling lending to high-risk sectors, … [Read more...] about Is it time to wave good bye to the credit growth ceiling?