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 Thousands of passengers aboard the Diamond Princess are in the process of being examined for coronavirus infection. Which they were detained on the boat for many days already Famous news report

13 February 2020
14 days of suffering when stolen 'cruise ships' from the poison 'Corona'
13 February 2020 | By Bangkok Business Online News Team 5,304
The story opens on a supercruise ship, which turns out to be no-one before knowing how much money will be spent to help the staff and the staff who are helping them.

 


[Exclusive] For 8 days, 2,666 tourists and thousands of staff have to eat in a narrow bedroom on the "Cruises", the ultimate "Diamond Princess" on Feb. 5. The last

 

After the ship departed Hong Kong port on 25 January before knowing that someone was infected "Corona Virus" also traveled on this boat and was diagnosed with the disease in Hong Kong.

 

This is the beginning of "The End of Joy" that makes Diamond Cruises

 

..Not possible to go further or not to land.

 

For the past 8 days, tourists and all money have been helped by just helping staff, first aid and physical examination.

 

Of course, no one had previously thought how much they would have to pay in exchange for "An unforgettable trip" like this

 

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Shrinking Country: Serbia Struggles with Falling Population

February 12, 2020

In this photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, an old postcard shows how the village of Blagojev Kamen, Serbia looked like fifty years ago. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, an old postcard shows how the village of Blagojev Kamen, Serbia looked like fifty years ago. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
 
Shrinking Country: Serbia Struggles with Falling Population
 

Uros Trainovic remembers when his small village in eastern Serbia was home to about 200 families.

Now, over 60 years later, his village of Blagojev Kamen is a kind of ghost town. Only eight people live there now.

This kind of population loss can be found in other parts of Serbia, where a shrinking population raises questions about the economic well-being of the country.

Population changes are a fact of life across Europe.

So Serbia, with a low fertility rate, is like many other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Serbia takes in a small number of immigrants, but has high migration rates.

The World Bank reports that Serbia’s population, of around 7 million, could fall to 5.8 million by the year 2050. That would represent a 25% drop since 1990.

The Serbian government considers the shrinking population a kind of national emergency. The United Nations has even stepped in to help. It sent a group of seven international experts to the country last month on a fact-finding mission.

Blagojev Kamen is evidence of the problem. A nearby gold mine kept the local economy alive before and after World War II. The village suffered after the mine closed in the 1990s.

In this photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, Uros Trainovic walks inside his house decorated with picture of former Yugoslav communist president Josip Broz Tito, in the village of Blagojev Kamen, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, Uros Trainovic walks inside his house decorated with picture of former Yugoslav communist president Josip Broz Tito, in the village of Blagojev Kamen, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Uros Trainovic said there are still gold and other minerals in the mine, but that it needs investment and hard work.

“One of my sons is in Germany, and the other one is in Austria,” he said. “They visit often but they have nothing to return to.”

The changes in Blagojev Kamen are not unusual in a country that experienced years of war and sanctions in the 1990s after the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Wolfgang Lutz of Austria is an expert on demographics at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He told The Associated Press that the main problem is related to the kind of people who are leaving Serbia.

“We see that it tends to be the better-educated, the more highly skilled, the more highly motivated mobile people who are leaving and that is certainly a drain of the human capital,” Lutz noted.

Serbia’s government has tried to stop the decline in population. It has offered financial assistance to families with two or more children, supported schools and day care centers and given aid to families in rural areas.

It is not only Serbian officials who are worried. Serbia’s neighbor Croatia has made the “pressing issue of demographic challenges” a top issue. More than 15% of Croatia’s 4.2 million people are living and working overseas.

Bulgaria and Ukraine are two other countries seeing population declines.

Stjepan Sterc, a Croatian expert on demography, thinks the efforts to deal with the problems across the Balkans are not enough. He thinks that the tax system can be amended to support population growth.

“Demography should be recognized as the essence of economic development so that the most important encouragement tool [taxes] is directed toward it,” he said.

I'm John Russell.

Jovana Gec reported on this story for The Associated Press. John Russell adapted it for VOA Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments Section.

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Words in This Story

ghost – n. a very small amount or trace (as in ghost town, a town with few remaining inhabitants)

migration – n. movement from one area to another

mission – n. an important job or duty

sanction – n. a threatened punishment for disobeying a law or rule

tend – v. used to describe what often happens or what someone often does or is likely to do — followed by to + verb

motivated – adj. describes someone who has a strong reason for doing something

drain – n. a thing that uses up something; the continued loss of something

challenge – n. a call to take part in a competition

demography – n. the study of changes (such as the number of births, deaths, marriages, and sicknesses) that take place over a period of time in human populations also : a set of such changes

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

How do you like your coffee?

EPISODE 171116 / 16 NOV 20176 M

How different are cafes of the 21st century from the very first coffee houses? Cafes have become free wifi hotspots. Has the internet replaced the lively debate and intellectual discussions that used to be their main feature in the past? Rob and Catherine discuss this over a coffee and teach you new vocabulary.

This week's question 

How many cups of coffee do we consume in coffee shops or stores in the UK every year? Is it...

a) 2.3 million

b) 23 million or

c) 23 billion?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary 

debate
a discussion that a lot of people take part in

stimulating
encouraging new ideas and enthusiasm

consume
eat or drink, (also) use

vibe 
the mood or atmosphere in a place

squatter
someone who lives in an empty building without paying rent

hog
use all or most of something in a selfish way

Transcript 

Note: This is not a word-for-word transcript 

Catherine
Hello, I'm Catherine. Welcome to Six Minute English where we engage in some lively debate and discuss six stimulating items of vocabulary! And let's start. Here's your cup of coffee, Rob.

Rob
Thanks! But what took you so long, Catherine?

Catherine
Sorry Rob. I bumped into somebody I knew in the café and stopped for a chat.

Rob
OK, well, that fits well with today's show where we're talking about cafés or coffee houses. Did you know, Catherine, that coffee houses were originally a meeting place for lively debate and intellectual discussion?

Catherine
Really. I didn't know that, Rob. A debate, by the way, means a discussion that a lot of people take part in. So how long ago was this debating society?

Rob
The first coffee house was set up in Oxford in 1650. But they quickly became popular and soon they were all over London too. You paid a penny to get in, and this included access to newspapers – and stimulating conversation!

Catherine
If something is stimulating it encourages ideas and enthusiasm. I expect the coffee helped with that a bit did it?

Rob
It certainly helps me first thing in the morning.

Catherine
Which brings me on to today's question, Rob! How many cups of coffee do we consume in coffee shops or stores in the UK every year? Consume, by the way, is another word for eat or drink. Is it…
a) 2.3 million
b) 23 million or
c) 23 billion?

Rob
Oh I don't know but it's got to be a lot so I'm going to go for c) 23 billion? That sounds like a lot of coffee, but I buy several cups a week – and I expect you do too, Catherine?

Catherine
I do indeed. But I have to say, while I was getting our coffees earlier, there was nobody else in the café talking except me and my friend. Everybody was sitting on their own, tapping away on their laptops. Let's listen now to Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland's Business and Economy Editor, describing the vibe – or atmosphere – in a typical 21st century café…

Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland's Business and Economy Editor
Ten or so in the morning, the café has five people at tables with their backs to the wall, each staring into a screen, plugged in, ears plugged. The flow of bytes through this coffee shop's free wifi is transporting these customers to diverse destinations far from the person beside them. Collaborative working, a research grant application, a potential blockbuster novel, and inevitably, someone distracted by kitten pictures on social media.

Rob
So the spirit of those 17th century coffee houses has disappeared then? No more lively debate and intellectual discussion?

Catherine
It seems so Rob. As Douglas Fraser says, many people sit alone plugged into their laptops – and they're all doing different things – working, writing, messing about on social media.

Rob
I think the café owners should turn off the free wifi and force these café squatters to move on! I don't think people should be allowed to sit all day using the internet – hogging tables – and not talking to anybody! Especially when some of them don't even buy a coffee!

Catherine
That's a bit extreme, Rob. Café owners need customers – and they encourage people to stay by having comfy sofas and newspapers to read and the free wifi! A squatter, by the way, is someone who lives in an empty building without paying rent. And if you hog something you use most or all of it in a selfish way.

Rob
I suppose you're right. Now, how about telling us the answer to today's question then?

Catherine
I asked: How many cups of coffee do we consume in cafés or stores in the UK every year? Is it… a) 2.3 million b) 23 million or c) 23 billion?

Rob
I could sit in a cafe and use their free wifi to research the answer but I had a guess and said 23 billion.

Catherine
Well you didn't need that free wifi Rob because you were absolutely right! 23 billion coffees per year works out on average as 45 cups per adult in the UK.

Rob
OK, I think it's time we looked back at the words we learned today. Our first word is 'debate' – a discussion that a lot of people take part in.

Catherine
For example, 'I took part in a number of stimulating debates at school.' Number two – if something is 'stimulating', it encourages new ideas and enthusiasm. For example, 'It's hard to have a stimulating conversation with someone who's looking at their phone all the time.'

Rob
That's very true – let me just slide my phone into my pocket… there! Our next word is 'consume' – another word for eating or drinking – but it can also mean 'to use'. For example, 'My car consumes a lot of petrol.'

Catherine
Or, 'How do I calculate my car's fuel consumption?' So 'consumption' there is the noun.Number four is – 'vibe' – which means the mood or atmosphere in a place. For example, 'Oxford is a city but it has a small-town vibe.'

Rob
I'm getting bad vibes from our next word – which is 'squatter' – that's someone who lives in an empty building without paying rent. The building is called a 'squat' so for example, 'I lived in a squat for two years.'

Catherine
Really? You squatted in a squat, Rob?

Rob
No, it was just an example. I'm not a squatter.

Catherine
You've never squatted?

Rob
No I haven't. Look we're wasting time here! We need to move on to our final word – hog. If you 'hog' something, you use all or most of it in a selfish way.

Catherine
For example, 'Rob! You've hogged the only comfy chair! That is so selfish!'

Rob
I admit it, Catherine. I'm a chair hog. That's the noun. OK, before we head off for another cup of coffee please remember to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

Catherine/Rob
Bye!

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Feb 13. 2020
 
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Thailand's electronics industry could be affected by the closing down of factories in China's Hubei province due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Soraphol Veerametheekul, senior director at Kasikorn Securities Plc, said that most of the factories in those areas are automobile manufacturers which require raw materials such as electronic components from Thailand,” he said.

“The outbreak could affect Thai manufacturers for another two months, as the Chinese government expects the situation to be resolved by March when factories will resume their operations at 70-80 per cent.”

Soraphol estimated that companies which will be impacted include KCE Electronics Plc (KCE), which has revenue ratio from China at 10 per cent of its overall revenue. “The company’s profit could go down by 5 per cent,” he said. “However, currently the company has yet to adjust original profit estimation at Bt1.184 billion, or 35 per cent increase from last year.”

KCE’s gross margin of 2020 should stand at 23-25 per cent, while last year was at 20 per cent, thanks to reduced cost, increased sales of product mix, and the weakening baht. “The company estimates that the baht will continue to weaken in the first half of 2020 and start to strengthen in the second half, resulting in a suitable price of Bt23.3 for each KCE share,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hana Microelectronics Plc (HANA) estimated their revenue in the first quarter of the year to go down by 5 per cent as they have a 10-15 per cent revenue ratio from China. The company expected this year’s profit to be Bt1.8 billion, or a 10 per cent increase from last year’s Bt1.645 billion due to overall revenue increase of 5 per cent or Bt21.377 billion and estimated gross margin at 11-12.5 per cent. HANA's suitable price this year should stand at Bt40.5 per share.

“The impact of factories closing in China will last for a brief period for KCE and HANA, but both should recover nicely after US and China sign the second phase of the trade agreement before the US election. When the share price goes down, it is therefore a good opportunity to buy,” said Soraphol.

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 More stimulus measures on the way, says Somkid

Feb 13. 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak
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By THE NATION

The government will launch additional stimulus measures to prop up the declining economy, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak on Wednesday (February 12)

It will make fresh injections into more than 70,000 village funds nationwide in March or April, he said. 

Somkid also ordered the Finance Ministry to seek new loan sources to implement necessary projects.

He also instructed all state agencies to prepare for disbursement of the fiscal 2020 budget, expected to begin in April.

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry has been told to hasten launch of phase 4 of the Eat, Shop, Spend campaign, aimed at boosting the subdued tourism sector.

 

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FINISHED

February 13, 2020

 

 


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