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Storm rescue center to be built on Ly Son Island

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:49 am

A rescue center will be built on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai to seek and save people in the rainstorm season, according to Colonel Bui Phu Phu, deputy commander the provincial Border Guard Command.

The rescue center covering on an area of 5,000 square meters in An Hai Commune will be equipped with modern facilities with an investment capital of more than VND100 billion (US$5 million).

The center will focus on building 2300-CV rescue ships that can be sent out during hurricanes.

The rescue center is expected to be put into operation in 2012.

Source: SGGP

Rescue centre built in Ly Son island

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Truong Sa Island adopts clean energy

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

A ton of rice for people on Ly Son Island

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 12:19 am

Japan’s envoy to Moscow returns home over island row

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 5:13 am

Thousands in China, Japan rally over island claims

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

 Thousands of Chinese marched in the streets in sometimes violent protests Saturday against Japan and its claim to disputed islands, a show of anger far larger than past protests over the competing territorial claims.


The Chinese government said the protests were “understandable” but that patriotism should be expressed in a rational way.


Photos from the southwestern city of Chengdu and the central city of Zhengzhou showed hundreds of people marching with banners and signs protesting Japan’s claim on what China calls the Diaoyu islands. Japan calls them the Senkaku islands.

A man holds a banner while marching during an anti-Japan protest in downtown Zhengzhou, in central China’s Henan province, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.

Japanese retailers Ito-Yokado and Isetan said protesters in Chengdu broke windows and showcases in their stores, Kyodo News agency reported.


China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said more than 2,000 people protested in Chengdu and thousands of college students gathered in the northern city of Xian.


The report was in English only. The protests were not reported in Chinese-language state media, and many comments and photos were quickly removed from mainland websites.


Protests in China are often quickly shut down or heavily controlled. It was not clear whether the organizers had permission to demonstrate Saturday.


Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement on the ministry’s website late Saturday that China and Japan were important neighbors to each other and should resolve their differences through dialogue.


“It is understandable that some people expressed their outrage against the recent erroneous words and deeds on the Japanese side,” Ma said. “We maintain that patriotism should be expressed rationally and in line with law.”


The Chinese demonstrations appeared to be in response to online reports about a planned protest in Tokyo, where about 2,500 people held flags and marched near the Chinese Embassy to protest China’s claim to the islands. Some also called for the release of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Chinese dissident who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for subversion.


Ma said China had contacted Japanese officials to “express serious concern” over the Tokyo protest, according to a separate statement.


At the time, tensions were high over a collision between a Chinese fishing boat and two Japanese coast guard ships near the islands in the East China Sea. China repeatedly demanded the return of the detained fishing boat captain. Japan eventually released the captain, but Beijing shocked Tokyo by demanding an apology.


Earlier this month, the tensions seemed to calm after the prime ministers of the two countries held an impromptu after-dinner meeting in the corridor of an Asia-Europe summit.


Police in the Chinese cities of Chengdu, Xian and Zhengzhou would not confirm Saturday’s protests, saying they would not talk to the media.

Source: SGGP

Air Mekong launches flights to Phu Quoc Island

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Air Mekong launched flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province on October 8.

Air Mekong aircraft

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam presented an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the new carrier on the same day.

From now to March 26, 2011, Air Mekong is scheduled to provide passenger and cargo services on routes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Buon Me Thuot and Pleiku, as well as from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat.

This is the third private air carrier granted a license in the country.


On the occasion of the launch of the new service, Air Mekong runs a promotion program to discount at least 1,000 tickets for customers.

Source: SGGP

The birdnest caves of Yen Island

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:02 am




The birdnest caves of Yen Island


QĐND – Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

From the central coast city of Quy Nhon, the towering cliffs of Yen Island look like a giant dinosaur defending the city from storms and heavy seas.


The picturesque island, which is also called Phuong Mai Peninsula, is famous for its cliffs and caves where birds build the nests used in the much-prized health-giving birds’ nest soup.


To visit the island in Nhon Ly Commune, Quy Nhon City take a two hour boat from the wharf on Tan Islet in Hai Cang Ward. The long journey will be rewarded when you see the caves, ten thousands of years old and stone cliffs rising vertically from the waves. The floors of the caves are large but strewn with rocks making it the perfect place for swallows to make their nests.


Once inside the caves you will be overawed by their size of the interior. The bird nests are everywhere, strung about in chains. The mothers feed their hungry young and fan them with their wings, while the little ones chirp loudly. The sounds of the birds, the dripping of water and the waves below are amazing.


Nguyen Hong Van, director of the management and exploitation board of birds’ nests in Binh Dinh Province, said that there are 30 caves on Yen Island, mainly located in two villages of Nhon Hai and Nhon Ly. In small caves such as Rung Cao, Doi, Ba Nghe, Can and Ham Xe, every year, people collect from 100 to 300 bird nests. For the large caves such as Ca, Doi Trong, Doi Ngoai, Luong and Kho, especially, the caves whose mouths open toward the East or Southeast, that are cool and airy and have fresh water dripping from the ceiling, locals can collect 14,000 to 15,000 bird nests per year.


In spring when the weather becomes warmer, visitors can see flocks of birds filling the sky. To take the nests from the walls of the cliff and from the cave ceilings, people build bamboo scaffolds often using them like bridges. Some caves are very high so that people use up to 300 lengths of bamboo to make each scaffold that may be five lengths of bamboo tall to reach the ceiling. The way to take the nest is very meticulous. For a nest that is out of reach, people use a stick with a nail on the top for a hook. In the dry weather, before taking the nests, the locals inject water into it to soften it and avoid it breaking.


The harvest season starts from April in the lunar calendar as the breeding season is lunar January and February. In lunar April they take the first harvest. The second harvest starts when the nestlings become strong enough to fly. People can collect a few nests in the third harvest stage which has the best quality nests.


The island also has many historical and cultural relics dating from the Cham era to Nguyen Dynasty such as Phat Loi Pagoda with its mysterious Cham statue, Tam Hoa Mountain, the site of Tay Son troop’s glorious victory in the eighteen century and Ho Ky Fortress.


Source: VietNamNet/SGT


 


Source: QDND

Air Mekong opens new air routes to Phu Quoc island

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:01 am




Air Mekong opens new air routes to Phu Quoc island


QĐND – Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

PANO – Mekong Aviation Joint Stock Commany (Air Mekong), on Oct 8th, held a ceremony to receive the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Vietnam Civil Aviation Administration, and launch flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city to Phu Quoc Island in the Mekong Delta Kien Giang Province.


Established in October 2008, with Ha Long Investment and Development Company (BIM) and the US-based Sky West as its owners, Air Mekong currently has a fleet of four Bombardier CRJ 900 airplanes that can carry 90 passengers each and land at most airports in Vietnam .


The airline also opened eight flights from Hanoi to Phu Quoc, Con Dao, HCMC as well as from HCMC to Buon Me Thuot, Da Lat, Pleiku as of Oct 9th, and planned to increase to 10 air routes from Novermber this year.


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Huge ice island could pose threat to oil, shipping

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

An island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean after breaking off from a glacier in Greenland.


Potentially in the path of this unstoppable giant are oil platforms and shipping lanes — and any collision could do untold damage. In a worst case scenario, large chunks could reach the heavily trafficked waters where another Greenland iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912.


It’s been a summer of near biblical climatic havoc across the planet, with wildfires, heat and smog in Russia and killer floods in Asia. But the moment the Petermann glacier cracked last week — creating the biggest Arctic ice island in half a century — may symbolize a warming world like no other.

This combination of two satellite images provided by NASA and taken on July 28, 2010, at left, and Aug. 5, 2010, at right, shows the Petermann Glacier in Northern Greenland

“It’s so big that you can’t prevent it from drifting. You can’t stop it,” said Jon-Ove Methlie Hagen, a glaciologist at the University of Oslo.


Few images can capture the world’s climate fears like a 100-square- mile (260-sqare-kilometer) chunk of ice breaking off Greenland’s vast ice sheet, a reservoir of freshwater that if it collapsed would raise global sea levels by a devastating 20 feet (6 meters).


The world’s newest ice island already is being used as a powerful emblem in the global warming debate, with U.S. Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts suggesting it could serve as a home for climate change skeptics.


Researchers are in a scramble to plot the trajectory of the floating ice shelf, which is moving toward the Nares Strait separating Greenland’s northwestern coast and Canada’s Ellsemere Island.


If it makes it into the strait before the winter freeze — due to start next month — it would likely be carried south by ocean currents, hugging Canada’s east coast until it enters waters busy with oil activities and shipping off Newfoundland.


“That’s where it starts to become dangerous,” said Mark Drinkwater, of the European Space Agency.


The Canadian Ice Service estimates the journey will take one to two years. It’s likely to break up as it bumps into other icebergs and jagged islands. The fragments would be further ground down by winds and waves and would start to melt as they move into warmer waters.


“But the fragments may still be quite large,” warned Trudy Wohlleben, a Canadian ice forecaster, who first spotted the massive chunk of ice on satellite images last Thursday.


The chunks of ice could be large enough to threaten Canada’s offshore platforms in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, said Wohlleben.


And, while it’s possible to redirect smaller icebergs, by towing them or spraying them with water cannons, “I don’t think they could do that with an iceberg this large,” she said. “They would have to physically move the rig.”


Moving an offshore platform is time-consuming and expensive — and very complicated in cases where they are fixed to the ocean floor.


While Greenland’s glaciers break off thousands of icebergs into Arctic waters every year, scientists say this ice island is the biggest in the northern hemisphere since 1962.


It contains enough freshwater to keep the Hudson River flowing for more than two years, said Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware.


The drifting ice sheet is likely to remain at the heart of the global warming discussion during its journey.


While experts say it’s difficult to directly tie the giant ice island to climate change because there are so many factors that affect glaciers in the area, the unusual event coincides with worrisome signs of warming in the Arctic.

Since 1970, temperatures have risen more than 4.5 degrees (2.5 degrees C) in much of the Arctic — much faster than the global average. In June the Arctic sea ice cover was at the lowest level for that month since records began in 1979, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The retreat of Greenland’s glaciers, which has accelerated in recent years, is one of the least understood pieces of the climate puzzle.

A team of climate scientists who visited the Petermann glacier last year, expecting it to crack then, is now planning another trip within weeks.

“We did leave behind a couple of time-lapse cameras and 11 GPS (devices). Now we are scrambling to get up there and recover the data,” said Jason Box, an expert on Greenland glaciers from the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University.

Box and two British researchers traveled to the glacier last year with Greenpeace activists who offered space aboard their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, to scientists studying climate change.

They were hoping to capture the event with cameras rolling, which would have been a powerful image just months before the Copenhagen climate talks that failed to produce a binding treaty to reduce heat-trapping gas emissions.

“It would have been nice if it had broken off last year,” said Melanie Duchin, who led that Greenpeace expedition. “I mean ice melting, it doesn’t get any simpler than that.”

Still, she finds it ironic that the Petermann breakup coincides with another catastrophe linked to fossil fuels. The Arctic Sunrise is now in the Gulf of Mexico, surveying the massive oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

Source: SGGP

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