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Putin calls embattled doctor in show of support

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has called an embattled doctor who is under pressure after his complaints of “window-dressing” unleashed a torrent of criticism, his spokesman said on Saturday.


The powerful Russian prime minister called cardiologist Ivan Khrenov on his mobile phone late Friday in a show of support, his spokesman told AFP.


“So are they putting the squeeze on you?” the premier asked the doctor in remarks confirmed by his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.


“Well, you do not worry, we will not leave you in the lurch. Call us if anything,” Putin told the doctor.


Khrenov, a young cardiologist from the central Russian town of Ivanovo, has become a reluctant national celebrity after he complained about “window dressing” at local hospitals during Putin’s recent visit.


He told Putin during a live call-in show this week that officials had told doctors to lie about their salaries. He also said medical equipment had been temporarily brought to a regional hospital from elsewhere.


Officials vehemently denied the accusations, with Ivanovo region governor Mikhail Men saying equipment like a CT scan could not have been removed from other hospitals simply because it is too big.


The General Prosecutor’s Office said on Friday the doctor’s report was being verified and local prosecutors said they planned to call in Khrenov for questioning.


Putin has expressed bewilderment at the report and said it had to be thoroughly checked.


Anecdotal evidence regularly emerges in Russia that local officials thoroughly prepare for Putin’s visits and often take it to extremes in order to please the top boss.


His marathon call-in show was seen as a reaffirmation of his status as the true Russian number one, even after handing the presidency to his protege Dmitry Medvedev in 2008.


Speculation is buzzing that he may be planning to return as head of state in 2012 elections.


 

Source: SGGP

City calls on Gov’t to halt 20 hydropower projects on Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Calls to inspect A380 Rolls-Royce engines

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 5:52 am

World Bank calls for more reforms

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm

China calls on the US to be cautious over maritime row

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

HANOI, Oct 30, 2010 (AFP) – China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Saturday called on the United States to be “cautious” when discussing the disputed East China Sea islands that have triggered a feud with Japan.


The comments — made to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during talks in Vietnam’s capital — came after she told an Asian summit that maritime rows should be settled by international law.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi during the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi on October 30, 2010. AFP

China wants to handle such disputes bilaterally with its neighbours, a forum in which it has more clout.


Clinton’s comments came amid a serious dispute between China and Japan triggered by the September 8 arrest of a Chinese trawler captain near disputed East China Sea islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.


“Yang underlined China’s solemn position on the issue of the Diaoyu islands, calling on the United States to be cautious on this highly sensitive issue,” the Chinese foreign ministry said on its website.


The minister also urged Clinton to “respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to not make irresponsible remarks.”

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Source: SGGP

HRW calls for transparent probe into Kurd journalist’s death

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

BAGHDAD, Oct 30, 2010 (AFP) – Human Rights Watch called Saturday for a transparent probe into the death of a journalist who was killed after writing an article scathing of Iraqi Kurdish president Massud Barzani.


“Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government needs to ensure an independent and transparent enquiry into the killing of journalist Sardasht Osman in May 2010, that will lead to the identification and prosecution of all those responsible,” the New York-based rights group said.


Osman, 22, was kidnapped on May 4 in the regional capital Arbil, and his corpse was found a day later in the restive northern city of Mosul with a single bullet to the head.


He had written articles critical of Barzani’s rule, but an investigative committee formed by the Iraqi Kurdish leader said in September that Osman was killed because of his ties to a militant group.


“This secret investigation into Sardasht Osman’s murder is exactly the opposite of what’s needed,” HRW’s Joe Stork said in the statement.


“The Kurdistan government needs to get to the bottom of this killing with an open and independent inquiry that will include looking into allegations of government involvement,” Stork said.


HRW said Osman’s family and supporters had been threatened by government forces and Kurdish party members after speaking out against the findings of the official probe, which also was condemned by international rights groups and local Kurdish journalists.


In one of Osman’s most critical articles, headlined “I love the daughter of Massud Barzani” and published in the Kurdistan Post, he used an imaginary dream to condemn the alleged corruption of Kurdish leaders.


“When I become the son-in-law of Barzani, the wedding night will be in Paris and we will visit the palace of our uncle for several days in the United States,” he wrote, drawing a provocative contrast between Barzani’s opulent lifestyle and that of ordinary Kurds.


The HRW statement quoted the dead journalist’s brother as saying Osman had received multiple death threats by telephone and had feared for his life after writing the critical article.


“He thought he would be killed at any time by a gun with a silencer,” it quoted Bashdar Osman as saying.


“The Osman case is the tip of the iceberg,” Stork said.


“The Kurdistan Regional Government needs to support press freedom instead of trying to intimidate those who report the truth. An independent and credible investigation of the Osman case would be a start.”

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Source: SGGP

IFRC calls on international friends help Vietnamese flood victims

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm




IFRC calls on international friends help Vietnamese flood victims


QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on October 19 called on international friends to donate nearly US$1.8 million to help flood victims in the central region of Vietnam.


Red Cross staff and volunteers in Vietnamese provinces have made great efforts to rescue victims and deliver emergency aid to people in the hardest hit areas in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces.


The Spanish Red Cross has joined with other international organisations, including OXFAM, CARE, and PACCOM in Ha Tinh to provide urgent aid in line with local people’s needs.


The Vietnam Red Cross also took part in another delegation in Quang Binh to discover what local people need immediately.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm




MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi


QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Localities should co-ordinate with police and soldiers to evacuate people to safe areas, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat on October 18.


The Central Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control held an urgent meeting on October 18 to assist in overcoming consequences of Storm Megi and asked localities to actively cope with the storm.


At the meeting, MARD Minister Phat, also head of the Steering Committee for the Flood Prevention and Control asked localities to prepare rescue forces for Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. MARD also asked the Farming Department to assess damages caused by the storm and prepare breeds and fertilizers to help farmers restore production activities.


Minister Phat also urged these forces to continue to evacuate people in Ha Tinh and Nghe An to safe areas and provide them with water and food, and especially to provide medicines to help Ha Tinh residents deal with seriously polluted water resources.


It is forecast that the water level in Nghe An rivers continued to rise. Until 10am on October 18, floods left 10 dead and more than 100 households were evacuated to safe places. An estimated 15,166 houses were collapsed while more than 25,000 hectares of rice and industrial crops were submerged. Nine communes in the province were totally isolated.


On the occasion, Canon Vietnam presented gifts worth more than VND300 million to  households in Huong Tra and Phu Phong communes, Huong Khe district in Ha Tinh province.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam calls on US to reduce trade barriers

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:54 am




Vietnam calls on US to reduce trade barriers


QĐND – Saturday, October 02, 2010, 20:19 (GMT+7)

Vietnam hopes that the US will check investigations on imposing anti-subsidy and anti-dumping taxes so as not to cause losses to WTO members.


The call was made at a session on US trade policy at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in September 29 and October 1.


Vietnam representatives applauded the trade co-operation between Vietnam and the US over the past 15 years. Two-way trade value reached US$15 billion in 2009, up 15 times compared to 2001 when the two countries had not signed the Bilateral Trade Agreement.


The US has become Vietnam’s biggest importer in recent years. In 2009, Vietnam exported more than US$11 billion to the US, accounting for one-fifth of the country’s total exports. In the first five months of this year, two-way trade reached more than US$7 billion, including US$6 billion in Vietnamese exports.


The US became the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam in 2009 with total registered capital of US$9.8 billion.


The Vietnam-US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement signed in 2007 helped resolve a number of difficulties and expanded investment and trade between the two countries.


Vietnam expressed concern about US trade barriers over the past two years, including imposing anti-dumping tariffs on frozen shrimp, PE plastic bags, and tra and basa fish.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

911 calls reveal horror as US gunman ran down victims

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

The US man who shot dead eight people after being sacked from a beer depot ran after his victims as they hid in offices, closets and the parking lot, emergency police calls revealed.


A total of 20 calls were made to the 911 number from terrified workers at Hartford Distributors in the town of Manchester, Connecticut, as Omar Thornton, 34, went on the rampage Tuesday.


“I got shot,” the company’s executive, Steve Hollander, tells police from an office where he had been shot in the head.

Police guard the entrance to Hartford Distributors following a shooting in Manchester, Connecticut.

“I see him running now. There?s people running. He?s running away right now. He?s shooting at somebody else. He?s still shooting. He?s shooting at a girl! He?s still running after people,” said Hollander, who survived with minor wounds.


“He’s chasing people out in the parking lot.”


Armed with two .9 mm handguns, Thornton killed eight people before turning a gun on himself.


Police say Thornton, a warehouse driver, had gone to the depot to face his bosses and union officials over allegations he’d been stealing alcohol. He was sacked at the meeting.


However, the shooting was apparently premeditated and carefully prepared since even before the meeting Thornton had brought the two pistols into the facility hidden in a lunchbox.


A shotgun was also found in his car, but was not used, Manchester police told a news conference.


“At the conclusion of the meeting, he went back in the kitchen area and asked for a drink of water and we believe at that point he got the lunch box with the guns and took it out,” a Manchester police officer told a news conference.


Thornton’s first two victims were the employees who’d been assigned to escort him out of the building. “They were both killed by him,” the police officer said.


According to the chronology of the 911 calls, he then ran inside and outside of the building seeking prey.


The calls reflected occasional panic, but more helplessness and terror.


“Hurry up please,” one victim pleaded in a faint voice after being shot.


Another woman said she was calling from a paper closet where she had hidden. Asked by police if the door was locked, she said no.


“I’m hiding in the dark,” she says.


“Stay down where you are and hold on one second,” the police tell her.


“Oh my God,” she replies, whimpering. “Help me, please,” she repeats.

“Ma’am, we are on the way, please stay down, stay low all right?” the police reply.

“Yes,” she replies in a weak voice.

A man calls to say he is locked into an office with his son, but that he has been shot.

“Stay in there and stay down, OK? Have your son keep an eye on you, OK? If you start to become less awake or anything you have him call us right now, we’re trying to get you,” the 911 operators says.

The victim says: “I know for a fact two people are dead in here. Inside the building, not in my office but in the hallway, they were both shot right in the head.”

Hartford Distributors is the biggest Budweiser distributor in Connecticut, with some 400 employees.

Many US states have loose gun ownership laws and massacres in public places are a regular occurrence.

In June, a man involved in a domestic dispute opened fire in a Miami area restaurant, killing four women and wounding three others before taking his own life.

In early January an angry employee at a Missouri power plant shot dead three people and wounded five others, before killing himself. The bloodshed was believed to have been triggered by a dispute over his pension funds.

Source: SGGP

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