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Coronavirus made Vietnam close its borders. Now this allows flights from Japan for the first time



Coronavirus made Vietnam close its borders. Now this allows flights from Japan for the first time

(CNN) – A set of Japanese business travelers landed Vietnamese June 25 marks the first flight between the two countries since they imposed border restrictions in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

But the two countries now ease their restrictions, allowing charter flights arranged by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam from Tokyo’s Narita airport to northern Vietnam on Thursday.

150 odd passengers checked their body temperature before flying, tested for corona virus upon arrival and will be quarantined for two weeks at a hotel. Two other charter flights are scheduled to run on Friday and Saturday, carrying a total of 440 people from Japan to Vietnam.
About 130 travelers work at Sharp Corporation’s Japanese electronics factory in Vietnam, according to the company. “I am more relieved, than happy. We will now have the human resources we need to restart our operations,” said Vietnam company chairman Wada Kazuhito, according to to the Japanese media outlet NHK.
This is the first step towards opening a border between the two countries, said the Japanese Foreign Ministry earlier this month it worked to loosen the rules about traveling with Vietnam.

But, for now, tourists are not included in the plan.

Japan and Vietnam seem to control their plague. Japan has reported more than 18,000 cases and 971 deaths, while Vietnam has only reported 352 cases – and no deaths, according to calculations from Johns Hopkins University.

Travel bubbles

Japan and Vietnam are the latest to start slowly reopening borders as countries around the world balance the need to keep their citizens safe – and start their economies.

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One idea that is being discussed in a number of areas is called a travel bubble – that is to reopen the border, but only for residents of certain countries.

The others are still working on details on how to open borders.

The leaders of New Zealand and Australia have committed to forming a travel corridor, although no definite plans have been announced.
On June 21, Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia “Frank” Voreqe Bainimarama said the country was working on its own bubble – which he called “Bula Bubble” – between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

Bula is a greeting which means hello or welcome in Fijian.

Lilit Marcus from CNN contributed to this article.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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