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Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power Plant’s first turbine in operation

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am




Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power Plant’s first turbine in operation


QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:30 (GMT+7)

Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power Plant’s first turbine was officially put into operation on January 8 in Dac Giong district, Dak Nong province, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.  


Addressing the event, Deputy PM Hai called on Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and the management board of Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power Plant to ensure the turbine’s safe operation and efficiency. He urged them to run the second turbine of the plant in the first quarter in 2011 so that Dong Nai 4 plant can start working by the end of this year.


Deputy PM Hai suggested the EVN should continue to work in close coordination with localities to take care of people’s resettlement.


The construction of Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power project began in 2004. Its total investment capital was VND6,000 billion. It consists of two turbines and produces over 600 million kW per hour every year.


The plant will serve to limit floods in the area, create a water source for Dong Nai 4 Hydroelectric Power Plant and provide water for agriculture use. It is also one of emulation activities to celebrate the coming 11th National Party Congress.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Genomic Fossils Reveal Explosion of Life 3 Billion Years Ago

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 6:25 am

Life has existed on Earth for roughly 3.5 billion years, but there is very little fossil record left for most of that time. However, two researchers have used modern genomes to look back in time and reconstruct the evolution of ancient cells.


Their work has revealed an explosion of life about 3 billion years ago, coinciding with the appearance of the chemical mechanism that makes possible two crucial processes – respiration and photosynthesis. [Scientists Hunt for Signs of the Earliest Life on Earth]


“What is really remarkable about these findings is that they prove that the histories of very ancient events are recorded in the shared DNA of living organisms,” said one of the researchers, Eric Alm, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He collaborated with Lawrence David, who received his doctorate from MIT and is now a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows.


To turn the clocks back, Alm and David used information about modern genomes in combination with their own mathematical model that took into account the ways genes evolve, such as, the creation and inheritance of new gene families and the loss of genes. Using this technique, they traced thousands of genes from 100 modern genomes back to those genes’ first appearance on Earth.


This genomic “fossil record” indicates that the collective genome of life expanded between 3.3 billion and 2.8 billion years ago. During this period, 27 percent of all presently existing gene families came into being. The pair dubbed this the Archean Expansion.


This expansion coincided with the development of modern electron transport, which is the biochemical process responsible for shuttling electrons within cellular membranes to make breathing oxygen and carrying out photosynthesis possible.


“Our results can’t say if the development of electron transport directly caused the Archean Expansion,” David said. “Nonetheless, we can speculate that having access to a much larger energy budget enabled the biosphere to host larger and more complex microbial ecosystems.”


After the Archean Expansion, about 2.5 billion years ago, the atmosphere filled with oxygen, a dramatic event in the history of life on Earth, called the Great Oxidation Event. A type of photosynthesis, made possible by electron transport, is believed to have driven the oxygenation of the atmosphere.


Alm and David detailed their findings online Dec. 19 in the journal Nature.


 

Source: SGGP

3,000th open heart patient receives free operation

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

The city’s Association for Poor Patients, which assists free surgery to heart patients, has provided free operation for the 3,000th cardiac.

Mr. Tran Thanh Long, SSPP’s president and Mr. Le Thanh An, the US Consul General in HCMC, visit Thanh Van and give her a gift at Tam Duc Hospital in the city on Dec. 8 2010. (Photo: SGGP)

A three-year-old child, Tran Nguyen Ngoc Thanh Van, who comes from a low-income family in HCMC’s suburban district Nha Be, was the 3,000th heart patient. She was suffering a congenital heart disease.


However, because of her economic circumstances, she received no medical treatment for her condition.


Through sponsorship and financial support from the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC, the toddler underwent a free open-heart surgery on December 6. The operation was performed at the Heart Hospital ‘Tam Duc’ in district 7.


The operation was a success and now her health condition is stable and has been discharged from hospital.


During her time in hospital, Mr. Tran Thanh Long, SSPP’s president and Mr. Le Thanh An, the US Consul General in HCMC, visited the sick child and gave her gifts.


SSPP and their benefactors have sponsored over 3,000 children with heart disease in Vietnam for the last four years. The total expenditure for these operations have been over VND150 billion (US$75,000).

Source: SGGP

Mexican border city hits 3,000 dead in drug war

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

This year’s death toll in drug-related violence in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, the hardest hit by Mexico’s drug war, rose to 3,000 Tuesday after two men were shot dead on a street, authorities said.


Ciudad Juarez has seen its homicide rate rise to one of the highest in the world after vicious turf battles broke out between gangs representing the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels in 2008.


That year, 1,623 people were killed in drug-related violence, and the toll increased to 2,763 deaths in 2009.


With prosecutors’ spokesman Arturo Sandoval announcing the latest grim milestone, a total of 7,386 people have died in the city of 1.3 million people across the border from El Paso, Texas, in three years. Most were members of rival drug gangs, but civilians, police and recovering drug addicts have also been targeted.

A federal police officer stands on a vehicle as he guards the area near a car where two people lie dead in the heavily guarded ‘safe’ zone, the PRONAF, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday Dec. 13, 2010.

More than 28,000 people have died throughout Mexico in the four years since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels when he took office in December 2006.


The U.S. Embassy touted Mexico’s increased cooperation in anti-drug efforts, noting in a statement that on Tuesday Mexico extradited 14 suspects wanted in the United States on drug, organized crime, money laundering, weapons and homicide charges.


The extraditions “represent another victory in our joint fight against organized crime,” the embassy said.


And touting Mexico’s own successes in the offensive, Calderon said Tuesday that a big party led to the demise of a drug cartel chief, who was killed in a shootout with federal police.


The La Familia gang invited hundreds of people to a party last week in the western city of Apatzingan and didn’t bother to keep it a secret, Calderon said in an interview with W Radio.


Federal police learned about it and the shootout broke out when they arrived to investigate, he said. The government says that La Familia leader Nazario Moreno, nicknamed “The Craziest One,” was killed in battles that lasted two days and spread to key parts of Michoacan state, with gunmen blockading roads with burning vehicles.


“What happened those days is that we gave La Familia cartel the biggest blow in its history,” Calderon said. “With a certain amount of insolence, they organized a party, a gathering of hundreds of their people. … Everyone found out about the party.”


The government says cartel gunmen fled with their dead during the shootouts, and Moreno’s body has not been recovered.


After Calderon spoke, the lower house of Mexico’s Congress voted 384-2, with 21 abstentions, to rescind the congressional immunity from prosecution of a fellow legislator accused of links to La Familia.


Congressman Cesar Godoy Toscano has denied the accusations, although tapes have surfaced in which he allegedly chats with a man identified as a leader of the cartel.


Godoy Toscano already faces federal charges for allegedly protecting La Familia, but congressmen in Mexico are given immunity from arrest while in office. Tuesday’s vote suspended him from Congress, but provided that he can return to office if he is acquitted or the charges are dropped.


While Godoy Toscano had filed an appeal against his arrest on the first set of charges, which is still working its way through the courts, the Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday it will file a second set of charges against him alleging money laundering.


A statement by the office did not give specifics of the new charges, or any indication of whether allegedly laundered money may have been used in Godoy Toscano’s election campaign.


The congressman was not present at the vote, and his whereabouts were unclear.

La Familia has been the most flamboyant of Mexico’s drug cartels. The gang claims it is trying to protect Michoacan — Calderon’s home state — from other cartels and common criminals, a message it touts in banners and even in occasional interviews with the news media.

The gang has not bothered to lower its profile since Moreno’s reported death. Sympathizers — some with small children — have marched repeatedly in Apatzingan and the state capital of Morelia, carrying signs supporting the capo and demanding the withdrawal of federal forces.

On Tuesday, the Interior Department issued a statement saying such demonstrations show only the cartels’ “incipient penetration of some local sectors, but not any social support for crime and its tactics.”

Later, in a rare joint statement, federal police, prosecutors, the army and navy urged all three levels of government — local, state and federal — and all three branches of government to work together against drug cartels.

The statement said La Familia members “are nothing more than criminals whose only intention is to terrorize and attack society.”

“Far from protecting Michoacan residents from crime, they deeply hurt them. They commit murders, extortion and kidnappings,” the statement added.

Moreno, 40, the dead drug lord, was considered the ideological leader of La Familia, setting a code of conduct for members that prohibits using hard drugs or dealing them within Mexican territory.

He reputedly handed out Bibles and money to the poor, and wrote a religiously tinged book of values for the cartel, sometimes known as “The Sayings of the Craziest One.”

The gang, specializing in methamphetamine, is also known as one of Mexico’s most vicious. La Familia emerged as an independent organization in 2006, announcing its split from the Gulf cartel when it rolled five severed heads into a nightclub in the city of Uruapan.

Soon afterward, Calderon deployed thousands of federal troops and soldiers into Michoacan, a crackdown he quickly extended to other cartel strongholds in northern and western Mexico. Several top drug lords have been brought down but gang violence has soared to unprecedented levels, claiming more than 28,000 lives in four years.

“I’m a Michoacano and the situation of the state hurts,” Calderon said. “We cannot allow the law of a cartel to rule a state.”

Also Tuesday, the Mexican navy reported it seized nine go-fast boats and a total of 15 metric tons (16.5 tons) of marijuana during two days of searches in the Gulf of California.

The navy said in a statement that patrol aircraft detected three suspicious boats near an island just off the coast of Baja California state on Dec. 11. The three boats were later found abandoned, with 512 packages of marijuana on board.

Two days later, a search by land, air and sea detected six other boats and six suspects in a nearby town. Those boats were carrying 1,058 packages of marijuana.

Source: SGGP

Gov’t to advance $3 mln equivalent to flood-hit provinces

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has directed the Ministry of Finance to advance VND61.6 billion (US$3 million) out of total VND335 billion from the central budget to eight central provinces which have been damaged by the recent floods. 

File photo of houses flooded in Ninh Hoa District, Phu Yen Province (Photo: SGGP)


The money is expected to help flood victims buy seeds, domestic animals, and restore production, which the floods have caused.


On December 3, PM Dung decided to extract VND335 billion (US$16.75 million) from the State budget and 8,600 tons of rice from the National reserve to support and assist the central provinces to recovered from the consequences of the recent flooding.


The chairperson of the eight provinces people’s committees will be responsible for the distribution of the money for the correct purpose.


The PM’ has decided to distributed the money to the following provinces: Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Dak Lak and Gia Lai provinces.


In related news, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang on December 7 worked with leaders of the Phu Yen Province. This was to ensure that water release from hydropower plants, and the price stabilization was in place, during the upcoming Lunar New Year Holiday Celebrations.


The Provincial People’s Committee asked the government to supply an extra of 2,000 tons of rice, 1,000 tons of seed, 10,000 litres of pesticides to help residents restore production and prevent environmental pollution.


The province also asked the government to support VND185 billion (US$9.2 billion) to upgrade irrigation works in the area.  Mr. Hoang said that he would send a report to the government about the province’s petitions.

Source: SGGP

ADB: 3 nations to get additional $49 mln to fight tropical diseases

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending US$49 million to expand surveillance response systems to help control dengue outbreaks, and prevent the spread of communicable and tropical diseases in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the bank announced Tuesday.


“Preventing these diseases requires better local participation and much more intensive regional cooperation,” Vincent de Wit, who leads health professional in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, said in the announcement.

SGGP file – Volunteers clean up a canal in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 12 during a 2009 summer campaign designed to clean up the environment.

The bank added that the Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project, which is an offshoot of the first GMS Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project, would also target improvements in the capacity of health services and communities involved in disease control in border districts of the three countries.


The community-based communicable disease control systems funded by the project are aimed at around 1.7 million people living in 116 border districts. About one-third of the population in the target areas belong to ethnic minority groups, according to the Philippines-based lender.


ADB said the new project would build on earlier successes, from the earlier GMS Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project, to strengthen surveillance and response mechanisms.


Financing will come from ADB’s concessional Asian Development Fund with a loan of US$27 million for Vietnam and grants of $10 million for Cambodia and $12 million for Laos. The three countries will provide counterpart support totaling US$5 million equivalent, said ADB.


The Ministry of Health in each country will be the executing agency for the project, which is due for completion in June 2016. The regional coordination unit will be based in Vientiane of Laos.

Source: SGGP

Dak Lak approves 3 million USD elephant project

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Intel posts 3 billion dollar quarterly net profit

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

 US computer chip giant Intel posted a quarterly net profit of nearly three billion dollars on Tuesday and record revenue of more than 11 billion dollars.


Earnings per share of 52 cents were slightly better than the 50 cents expected by Wall Street analysts.


Revenue rose 18 percent during the quarter ending September 25 to 11.1 billion dollars, roughly what the company forecast in August when it slashed its third quarter revenue outlook due to lower demand for computers.


Intel, the world’s biggest manufacturer of computer chips, said it expected revenue of 11 billion to 11.8 billion dollars during the current quarter.

The Intel logo is displayed outside the firm’s offices in Santa Clara, California

Intel shares were up 0.91 percent at 19.95 dollars in after-hours electronic trading.


“Intel’s third-quarter results set all-time records for revenue and operating income,” Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini said.


“These results were driven by solid demand from corporate customers, sales of our leadership products and continued growth in emerging markets,” Otellini said in a statement.


“Looking forward, we continue to see healthy worldwide demand for computing products of all types and are particularly excited about our next-generation processor, codenamed Sandy Bridge, and the many new designs around our Intel Atom processors,” he said.


In a conference call with financial analysts, Otellini said Sandy Bridge represented the “largest increase in computing performance in our history.”


“Early demand is much higher than anticipated,” he said.


Otellini also said he did not expect tablet computers such as Apple’s iPad and upcoming devices running Google’s Android platform to significantly impact personal computer sales.


“Sure, at the margins they probably will, we saw the same things with netbooks,” he said.


“But three years later, both the PC and netbook markets have grown,” the Intel chief said. “In the end, the tablet category will be additive to our bottom line and not take away from it


“We think that tablets are exciting and we fully welcome their arrival,” he said.

Source: SGGP

3,000 year old rice current variety

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

Rice grains, supposed to date back to about 3,000 years ago at Den Citadel relic site in Hanoi’s Me Linh District, are in fact a current rice variety, scientists said at a seminar held by the Agricultural Genetics Institute on Tuesday.

Den Citadel rice is about to be harvested (Photo: Thanh Nien)

AND analysis indicates that the rice grains are completely similar with Khang Dan, a current rice variety, said Dr. Luu Minh Cuc from the institute.


Vietnamese archaeologists found the rice grains at the Den Citadel relic site in May.


Thanh Den is a well-known Vietnamese archaeological site. Seven excavations have taken place at the site since 2001.



 

Source: SGGP

Floods wash 3,000 chemical barrels into China river: reports

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 7:17 am

BEIJING, July 29, 2010 (AFP) – Floodwaters have washed 3,000 barrels of explosive chemicals into a major waterway in northeastern China, state media said Thursday, much more than originally reported.


Water supplies to the nearby city of Jilin were cut after the incident, leaving 4.3 million people dependent on bottled water, but the local government said the move was unrelated and caused by an electricity maintenance project.

Chinese women mourn relatives buried in a flood-triggered landslide in southwest Sichuan province’s Hanyuan county on July 27, 2010. AFP

The chemicals were among 7,000 barrels washed into the Songhua River in Jilin province on Wednesday after days of heavy rain, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the local government.


The barrels came from the Xinyaqiang chemical plant near the city and contained more than 510 tonnes of combustible chemicals, reports said.


Xinhua has said the chemical was methyl chloride, a highly explosive colourless gas. It said Thursday that 7,000 barrels were swept into the river, with 3,000 barrels containing the chemical while the rest were empty.


A report Wednesday had said some barrels contained trimethyl chloro silicane, a pungent, flammable liquid that gives off hydrochloric acid when it reacts with water.


More than 200 workers were trying to recover the barrels and had retrieved 400 so far, reports said.


Jilin is the latest province to be hit by deadly floods that have killed 333 people since July 14 and left another 300 missing, according to the latest official figures.


Local environmental protection authorities monitoring the water quality of the Songhua river have so far detected no contamination, the China Daily said.


Despite assurances that local water was safe to drink, authorities cut the supply to the city of 4.3 million on Wednesday, the newspaper said, triggering a run on bottled water.


In 2005, millions of people in northeastern Heilongjiang province were left without water for four days after an explosion at a benzene factory spilled the carcinogenic chemical into the Songhua River.

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Source: SGGP