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Over 100 workers hospitalized after food poisoning

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:25 am

More than 100 workers in a Can Tho- based company were hospitalized due to food poisoning on December 23.

The workers suffered stomachache, nausea and vomiting after eating the food. Most of them have already recovered, but 61 people are still being treated in hospital.

The company ordered food from a restaurant in Chau Thanh District, Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang in the neighborhood of Can Tho City.

Each portion of food included meat, braised pork, fried fish and soup, for price of VND9,000. 

Agencies in the province are taking food samples for testing, so that they can investigate the cause of the food poisoning outbreak.

Source: SGGP

Rising Chinese plane maker boasts 100 orders at air show

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

Death toll from Thai floods hits 100

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 am

BANGKOK, Oct 30, 2010 (AFP) – The death toll from severe floods in Thailand has risen to 100, including at least three foreigners, although the waters have receded in some areas, officials said Saturday.

Six more people have died in the disaster, which began on October 10, the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand said in its daily update.

Residents paddle through floodwater in Ayutthaya province, north of the Thai capital Bangkok on October 30, 2010. AFP

Among them was a 38-year-old Dutchman, named as Harald Vusser, who was electrocuted or drowned in Ayutthaya province just north of Bangkok on Friday, it said.

Local media reported he was helping his Thai wife move her belongings to a dry place.

The other foreign victims were a 44-year-old Cambodian woman who was killed in a mudslide earlier this month on Koh Chang island in Trat province, and a two-year-old Myanmar boy who drowned in Phathum Thani.

Authorities said that while 22 of Thailand’s 76 provinces were still flooded, the waters have receded in 16 others.

The authorities estimate that about five million people have been affected, with homes submerged and farmland or cattle destroyed, mostly in central and eastern areas, although life is slowly returning to normal for some.

Tens of thousands of people have sought medical treatment, mostly for itchy skin, common colds and stress.

Nakhon Ratchasima, a large mountainous province about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Bangkok, is the worst affected with 18 deaths and about 40 centimetres (16 inches) of rain this month.

Nakhon Sawan and Lopburi just north of the capital have also been badly hit.

Bangkok has been on standby with thousands of sandbags and pumps as flood water from the north runs downstream and could coincide with high tide.

So far the capital has avoided major flooding, although more than 1,000 homes along the Chao Phraya have been partially submerged.

Source: SGGP

Survivors lash out after Pakistan floods kill 1,100

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

Survivors crammed into inadequate shelters expressed anger over inaction from the Pakistani government on Monday as the death toll from the country’s worst floods in generations topped 1,100.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon pledged extra aid of up to 10 million dollars to help in the crisis, which local officials say has affected more than 1.5 million people in Pakistan’s northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“I had built a two-room house on the outskirts of Peshawar with my hard-earned money but I lost it in the floods,” said labourer Ejaz Khan, one of several hundred people who demonstrated in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

“The government is not helping us… the school building where I sheltered is packed with people, with no adequate arrangement for food and medicine,” the 53-year-old told AFP.

 A Pakistani flood-affected family rest in a makeshift camp in Mardan.

The floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains capped a devastating week in Pakistan, where 152 people were killed when an Airblue passenger jet slammed into hills overlooking the capital in the country’s worst plane crash.

Ban said he was “deeply saddened” by the losses incurred in the worst floods in Pakistan for 80 years, reiterating a full commitment to “meeting the humanitarian needs” of those affected.

Pakistani television footage and photographs taken from helicopters showed people clinging to the walls and rooftops of damaged houses as water rushed through villages, with waterborne diseases emerging as a threat to survivors.

Thousands of homes and vast swathes of farmland have been destroyed in a region of Pakistan reeling from years of extremist bloodshed.

“The floods have killed more than 1,100 people in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and affected over 1.5 million,” said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the northwest province’s information minister.

“We are receiving information about the loss of life and property caused by the floods all over the province,” he told AFP, adding that he feared the death toll could rise.

A senior official at the provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) confirmed the toll.

Hussain said more than 3,700 homes had been swept away and the number of people made homeless was mounting.

Hundreds of survivors sought shelter in schools in Peshawar, the main city in northwest Pakistan, and in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, after escaping the floods with children on their backs.

Pakistan’s meterological office said the northwest had been hit by an “unprecedented” 312 millimetres (12 inches) of rain in 36 hours.

The US government announced an initial 10-million-dollar aid pledge and has rushed helicopters and boats to Pakistan.

China, which has also been hit by severe flooding, announced a 10 million yuan (1.5 million dollar) donation, according to the official Xinhua news agency, which cited a government website.

Hussain said rescue teams were trying to reach 1,500 tourists stranded in Swat district, the scene of a major anti-Taliban military offensive last year.

“We are also getting confirmation of reports about an outbreak of cholera in some areas of Swat,” he said.

The Pakistan Air Force said it had airlifted more than 500 stranded people, including six foreigners, as part of relief operations and was carrying out reconnaissance missions to assess the damage to infrastructure.

President Asif Ali Zardari is due in Paris Monday for a two-day visit, and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner expressed France’s “solidarity” with Pakistan in the face of the floods.

Floods also ravaged parts of Afghanistan, killing at least 65 people and affecting more than 1,000 families, officials said.

Source: SGGP

100 days in, Gulf spill leaves ugly questions unanswered

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 7:18 am

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2010 (AFP) – The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster reached the 100-day mark Wednesday with hopes high that BP is finally on the verge of permanently sealing its ruptured Macondo well.

But years of legal wrangles and probes lie ahead and myriad questions remain about the long-term effects of the massive oil spill on wildlife, the environment and the livelihoods of Gulf residents.

Ships assist in clean up and containment near the source of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill July 27, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.AFP

If BP needs a reminder of the long legal road ahead as it tries to rebuild its reputation, one will be provided on Thursday as lawyers at a session in Boise, Idaho set the stage for a potential trial of the century.

Proceedings will examine whether complaints from around 200 plaintiffs can be consolidated and give trial lawyers a test run of the arguments they will make during what could be years of legal action.

US officials were anxious to avoid being too optimistic ahead of next week’s crucial operations and cautioned that a mountain of work lay ahead to clean up oiled shorelines and pick up some 20 million feet (3,800 miles) of boom.

“I would characterize this as the first 100 days. There’s a lot of work in front of us,” said Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft, the on-scene coordinator. “We are not out of the woods yet, we still need a permanent kill.”

BP aims to start the “static kill” on Monday, pumping heavy drilling mud and cement down through the cap at the top of the well that has sealed it for the past two weeks.

Five days later a relief well should intercept the damaged well, allowing engineers to check the success of the “static kill” and cement in the area between the drill pipe and the well bore.

This so-called “bottom kill” should finally plug the reservoir once and for all, but it will not answer how the catastrophe was allowed to occur and who is responsible.

While the last surface patches of toxic crude biodegrade rapidly in the warm waters of the Gulf, the long-term impact of what is thought to be the biggest accidental oil spill ever may not be realized for decades.

As the focus shifts to the clean-up in the marshes and beaches of the Gulf coast, so it does to the US Justice Department investigation and state probes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that a team has been established to examine whether the notoriously close ties between BP and federal regulators contributed to the April 20 disaster.

The “BP squad” will also probe rig operator Transocean and Halliburton, the oil services company which had finished cementing the well only 20 hours before the rig exploded, the Post reported.

BP announced Tuesday it would replace gaffe-prone British chief executive Tony Hayward with Bob Dudley, an American, in a bid to repair its tattered US reputation.

It also posted a quarterly loss of 16.9 billion dollars and set aside 32.2 billion dollars to pay spill costs, including a 20 billion dollar fund to pay compensation to the battered fishing, oil, and tourism industries.

Once the well is sealed, US spill chief Thad Allen plans to shift resources to focus on picking up boom, cleaning oiled shores and testing for any hidden underwater plumes.

To that end he has called a meeting on Thursday morning with parish presidents to discuss the redeployment of the army of local conscripts.

Sophisticated underwater operations involving fleets of robotic submarines at brain-crunching depths will make way for the less glamorous but equally complex work of Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Teams, SCATs for short.

They will sign off mile-by-mile on the 638 miles (1,027 kilometers) of Gulf Coast where oil has washed ashore.

The beaches should be relatively painless to mop up, but cleaning up the maze of marshes, where there is nothing to stand on and shallow-bottomed boats are needed to navigate the narrow channels, is a logistical nightmare.

Geologist Ed Owens, a world authority on protecting shorelines from oil spills contracted to BP, told AFP on Monday that the marshes should recover in months and the impact of the oil was “quite small.”

But other leading scientists have warned of a decades-long effect on marine life that could lead to a shift in the overall biological network in the Gulf of Mexico.

Source: SGGP

100 foreign troops die in Afghan war in June

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

KABUL (AFP) – A total of 100 foreign soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan have died in June, the deadliest month for NATO in nine years of conflict, intensifying concerns about the conduct of the war.

An announcement by the US Department of Defence of the death of an American soldier on June 24 in the strife-torn western province of Farah took the toll for the year to date to 320, compared with 520 in all of 2009.

A memorial to British soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan, at a patrol base in the Nahr e Saraj, Helmand on June 28, 2010. AFP

AFP’s figures are based on a tally kept by the independent website.

The Defence Department said 20-year-old Private Robert Repkie of Tennessee had died on June 24 of “injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident” that was under investigation.

A spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said 81 international troops had been killed in combat so far in June.

He said 12 troops had died of non-combat related causes. The remainder, who are not counted by ISAF, had died of injuries after returning home for treatment.

No NATO troops deaths were reported in Afghanistan on Monday, the spokesman said, adding: “A rare good day for us this month.”

The previous highest monthly toll was last August, at 77.

The United States and NATO have 140,000 troops in Afghanistan, set to peak at 150,000 by August in an effort to quell the intensifying war against the hardline Islamist Taliban.

The sacking last week of US General Stanley McChrystal for insubordination has concentrated concerns about the progress being made in bringing the insurgency under control.

His replacement, US General David Petraeus — due to take up the post on July 4, according to military officials — arrives to enormous pressure as casualties rise and Western public opinion continues to turn against the war.

The head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, also acknowledged at the weekend that there were “serious problems” with the Afghan war.

“We’re dealing with a country that has problems with governance, problems with corruption, problems with narcotics trafficking, problems with a Taliban insurgency,” he said.

Lack of action in cleaning up endemic official corruption is seen as an obstacle to progress, as many ordinary Afghans distrust the government the West is fighting to prop up.

On Monday, a senior US lawmaker angrily blocked billions of dollars for Afghanistan, vowing not to extend aid until President Hamid Karzai fulfills pledges to act against corruption.

Representative Nita Lowey, who sits on the powerful committee in charge of the budget, said: “I do not intend to appropriate one more dime for assistance to Afghanistan until I have confidence that US taxpayer money is not being abused to line the pockets of corrupt Afghan government officials, drug lords and terrorists.”

President Barack Obama’s administration requested 3.9 billion dollars in aid for Afghanistan in the 2011 fiscal year starting in October, an aide said.

While much of the anti-Taliban effort is concentrated on the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar — the Taliban heartland — a major offensive is under way in the border region of Kunar province, according to ISAF.

It said in a statement Sunday that more than 600 ISAF and Afghan troops were pursuing Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in Kunar and that “a number of insurgents” had been killed.

Two US troops were also killed, ISAF said, though there was no immediate update Tuesday.

The Washington Post reported that up to 150 Taliban insurgents had been killed in battles along the Kunar border with Pakistan.

The US-led operation, which began Sunday, was one of the largest yet in the region around Kunar province, said the newspaper, citing US officials as calling it “one of the most intense battles of the past year” in Afghanistan.

NATO has said the dramatic upswing in casualty numbers has been caused by the alliance stepping up military operations and taking the fight to the Taliban in areas where the Islamist militia has previously been unchallenged.

The heavy toll can be largely attributed to the Taliban’s use of homemade bombs, or improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which are cheap and easy to make and account for the majority of foreign troops deaths.

The United Nations reported this month that IED attacks had risen by 94 percent in the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2009.

Source: SGGP

100 rare pheasants found in central VN national park

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

100 rare pheasants found in central VN national park

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

A flock of 100 endangered Lophura Diarants pheasants has been discovered in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh.

The images, shot by an automatic camera triggered off by motion, are the first of the birds seen in the wild in Viet Nam.

The group of researchers, who set up the camera, said they were amazed to see so many pheasants in an area densely populated by humans. “It is a sign that this endangered species is recovering,” they said.

The park management said on Tuesday that the bird was listed as endangered globally. Members of the Fasianidae family, mature birds weigh more than a kilogram.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Navi Oil Port receives 2,100 foreign visitors

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:41 am

Navi Oil Port receives 2,100 foreign visitors

QĐND – Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Saigontourist has received 2,100 foreign visitors from Italy, Spain, the UK and Germany on board a Costa Romantica Cruise Ship.

After docking at Navi Oil port in Ho Chi Minh City on June 15, they visited some tourist sites in the city, Cu Chi tunnels, My Tho and Tien Giang. On the same day, the ship left Ho Chi Minh City for Da Nang to continue a tour of Da Nang, Hoi An, My Son and Hue.

Earlier on June 14, Saigontourist welcomed a Costa Classica Cruise Ship with 1,500 international passengers on board who visited Ha Long, Da Nang, and Hoi An in two days.

Since the beginning of this year, Saigontourist has received more than 40,000 international visitors traveling on luxury ships, such as Costa Classia, Costa Allegra, SuperStar Virogo, Amadea, Columbus and Europa.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

100% percent of students have enough textbooks in next school year

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

100% percent of students have enough textbooks in 2010-2011 school year.

80 million textbooks will be provided to students ranging from the primary levels through the secondary schools to ensure that 100 percent of students have enough textbooks for the upcoming academic year 2010-2011, said Education Publishing House.

The Education Publishing House also said that price of textbooks will remain unchanged and will be listed at bookshops nationwide.

Textbooks are issued from May 20 – June 20 and July 20 to August 20.

The Education Publishing House will offer free books to good students, disadvantaged students and martyrs’ and wounded soldiers’ students nationwide.

Source: SGGP

Russia wants ‘100% proof’ N.Korea sunk ship

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm