Östersun, Sweden likes to call itself “The Winter City”. For a municipality that has repeatedly bid for the Winter Olympics, it’s a good marketing title – so good, in fact, that the name is also used by Oulu, Finland and Edmonton, Canada. In all these places, being cold is a point of pride, where icy temperatures are not just tolerated but celebrated. But what city bears the right to adopt an entire season as its own? Which is truly the coldest city on Earth? The World Meteorological Organisation’s World Weather Information Service, operated by the Hong Kong Observatory, is a good place to start, with 30-year climate normals for cities around the world. One strong candidate for coldest city is Yellowknife, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. It’s the kind of place where a typical single-family home spends up to $5,000 (£2,700) on heating oil per year, and where building codes stipulate that all new wood construction must include … [Read more...] about What’s the world’s coldest city?
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Stars go for the loveliest holidays -- exotic locations with a lot of adventure thrown in.Pooja Batra had an awesome Norway holiday. Shama Sikander had an exotic holiday in France, Venice and Italy. Sidharth Malhotra took us on an adventurous trip to New Zealand. Rithvik Dhanjani and Asha Negi had a lovely Swiss Holiday.Leena Jumani had a fun Thailand trip. Suyyash Rai and Kishwer Merchant went on a holiday to California. Lisa Haydon took a holiday to Italy. Now it's time to travel to Chicago with television actress Mouni Roy. Mouni enjoys her time at Lake Michigan, Belmont Harbor. Enjoying a sunny day at the beach. Taking in the sea. Mouni captions this picture: 'I love a place that gives flights to my mind, soul to my imagination. How beautiful it is to be able to imagine in abundance. To make characters, role play in my head, travel in the thought planes. To look away and find yourself in the realms of an alternate reality, a castle, a fort on the hills, a village or just a … [Read more...] about PIX: Mouni Roy’s Chicago holiday
The head of the 2019 Ship for the Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) offered its 328 young delegates and a local audience an improvised piano performance in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday as a warm-hearted farewell to Vietnam before the group continues their journey aboard the ship, the Nippon Maru. Yamamoto Shigeki, the general manager of SSEAYP 2019, performed on the wharf in Tan Cang Hiep Phuoc Port, Nha Be District, accompanied by a Vietnamese choir. The performance was a highlight of the group’s farewell bid to Vietnam following SSEAYP 2019’s four-day stop in Ho Chi Minh City. SSEAYP ambassadors and their host families bid tearful goodbyes at the program’s farewell ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on November 13, 2019. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre SSEAYP is a cooperative program sponsored annually by the governments of Japan and the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1974 as a means of fostering … [Read more...] about SSEAYP 2019 leader plays piano to bid Ho Chi Minh City farewell
Robots are tested at a laboratory in the Saigon Hi-tech Park of HCM City (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – The Republic of Korea (RoK) was the biggest investor in Ho Chi Minh City in the first two months of 2019, engulfing 43.2 percent of the city’s total foreign direct investment (FDI) for the period. The southern largest economic hub of Vietnam attracted 1.02 billion USD of FDI capital in the year’s initial two months, equivalent to 94.7 percent of the figure for last year’s same period, according to the municipal Department of Planning and Investment. In the list of investors, the RoK was followed by Singapore (15.8 percent), Japan (15 percent), the UK (7.3 percent), and the US (4.8 percent). Around 96.69 million USD of the capital was channeled into 165 new projects, while another 31 million USD was added to 31 existing ones. [FDI up 2.5 times in first two months of 2019] Among the new projects, those with science and tech-related activities attracted the … [Read more...] about RoK tops foreign investors in HCM City for 2019 so far
At District 2 Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City has set a target of having 18 doctors and 42 hospital beds per 10,000 residents in 2018 so as to increase the quality of health check-ups and treatment. The goal was announced by Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Tang Chi Thuong at a conference on March 6 to kick start the sector’s main tasks this year. According to Thuong, the municipal health sector also aims to have all medical stations at the ward and communal levels staffed with doctors and meet national requirements on health care, 85.2 percent of the population covered by health insurance, and over 95 percent of infants under 1 vaccinated. The sector will take initiative to prevent diseases in order to minimise the number of cases contracting diseases and the fatality rate. Extra efforts will be made to inaugurate the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Paediatrics in March and put the second facility of the … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City strives for 18 doctors per 10,000 residents