A Greener Games? Tokyo’s Environmental Impact

TOKYO – Olympics organizers have pledged to prioritize sustainability at the Tokyo Games in an attempt to demonstrate how countries such as Japan — a top carbon emitter — can work toward a greener future. Their initiatives include furnishing the Olympic Village with recyclable cardboard beds, using electricity from renewable sources and minimizing waste at […]

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Brunei Celebrated Royal Birthday As No COVID-19 Local Transmissions Reported For Over 400 Days

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Jul 17 (NNN-ANN) – Brunei celebrated Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah’s 75th birthday on Thursday, with various activities, including a ceremonial parade and an investiture ceremony, as the country recorded over 400 days without local COVID-19 infection cases. The Sultan’s birthday celebration is a national event, which usually lasted about a month. This […]

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Covid-19: WHO eyes China lab ‘audits’ in next phase of Covid origin probe

GENEVA, July 17 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The World Health Organization said the second stage of an investigation into the origins of coronavirus should include further studies in China and lab “audits”. In a closed-door briefing to members states, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said one priority in the probe should be “audits of relevant laboratories and […]

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Vietnam Reports 3,336 New COVID-19 Cases, 44,186 In Total

HANOI, Jul 17 (NNN-VNA) – Vietnam reported 3,336 new COVID-19 infections yesterday, including 3,321 locally transmitted and 15 imported, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. The new infections brought the total tally to 44,186 with 225 deaths. Among th e community cases, 2,420 were reported in the southern epicentre, Ho Chi Minh City, 166 […]

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Thailand Bans Gatherings As COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Hit New Record

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNN-TNA) – Thailand has imposed a nationwide ban on public gatherings and is considering more restrictions on movement, as authorities reported record numbers of new COVID-19 cases and deaths today, despite partial lockdowns in Bangkok and nine other provinces this week. The country’s COVID-19 task force reported 10,082 new cases and 141 […]

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Without Herd Immunity, Asean Sees Surge In Covid-19 Numbers

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 (NNN-Bernama) — After dodging the worst of COVID-19 since the pandemic surfaced last year, many of ASEAN member nations now appear to be grappling with the rapid surge in infections following the emergence of new variants especially the Delta variant. On Friday, Indonesia logged 54,000 new daily cases, while Malaysia (12,541), Thailand (9,692), […]

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Condolence Letter from Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Heiko Maas on the Floods in Germany

Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan has written to German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas to express his condolences in response to the tragic loss of lives and devastation caused by the floods in Germany. The letter is appended.   The severe flooding experienced by Germany, reportedly the worst in the last […]

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