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N.Korea blames South over attacks, says ready to fire again

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 1:20 am

SEOUL, Nov 25, 2010 (AFP) – North Korea again blamed the rival South for provoking a deadly artillery attack on a border island and warned that it stood ready to strike once more.

The country, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said it fired a barrage of shells Tuesday because South Korea’s military had failed to call off a military exercise in disputed waters.

“The DPRK that sets store by the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula is now exercising superhuman self-control, but the artillery pieces of the army of the DPRK, the defender of justice, remain ready to fire,” a government statement released late Wednesday said.

North Korea killed at least four people when it fired 80 shells on to Yeonpyeong island, which lies near the disputed Yellow Sea border.

Pyongyang does not accept the UN demarcation line running through maritime territories which was drawn after the 1950-53 Korean war.

In a statement attributed to a foreign ministry spokesman, the North reiterated its case that Seoul provoked the attack by carrying out live-fire exercises on the island that sent shells into waters claimed by the North.

“The enemy fired shells from the islet which is so close to the territory of the DPRK that it is within each other’s eyeshot,” it said.

“This powder-reeking sabre-rattling cannot be construed otherwise than a politically motivated provocation.”

North Korea said that when South Korea went ahead with the exercise after repeated requests to halt it, it was forced to retaliate.

“The army of the DPRK (North Korea) took such a self-defensive measure as making a prompt powerful strike at the artillery positions from which the enemy fired the shells as it does not make an empty talk,” it said.

Source: SGGP

More evacuated as Indonesian volcano erupts again

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Stock markets head south again

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Movements of VN-Index on August 17. (Photo:’s benchmark VN-Index lost ground on August 17 after jumping 2.66 percent the previous day as investors were wary over bad news came out of Asian stock markets.

The shares of 253 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange shrank 0.27 percent, or 1.24 points, to finish at 463.52 points.

Among the index members, 53 stocks advanced, 162 retreated, while 43 remained unchanged.

Trading volume decreased by VND200 billion over the previous trading session to VND1.06 trillion as just 36.69 million shares changed hands.

Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) topped the list of most active shares by volume with 1.49 million shares changing hands.

Vinh Son – Song Hinh Hydropower Joint Stock Company (VSH) ranked second with 1.38 million shares, followed by Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) with 1.15 million shares.

From July 23 to 30, Tran Minh Huy, chief accountant of Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) sold all 3,000 shares to pay tuition fees for his children.

From July 6 to 30, Nguyen Tuan Anh, director of HTV sold all 5,000 shares for personal needs.

Urban Development and Construction Corporation (UDC) declined 4.95 percent to VND17,300.

Lu Gia Mechanical Electric Joint Stock Company (LGC) lost 4.91 percent to VND27,100.

Stationery producer Thien Long Group Corporation (TLG) gave up 4.85 percent to VND29,400.

The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange announced that stocks of Interfood Shareholding Company (IFS) would be suspended from trading on the city bourse since August 17 as the company has been running at a loss for two consecutive years. The company lost more than VND260 billion in 2008, and VND27.7 billion in 2009.

From August 13 to October 13, Pang Tee Chiang, chairman of Interfood Shareholding Company (IFS), registered to buy 221,520 shares, increasing his holdings to 6,921,549 shares, of which 5,499,840 shares were unlisted.

Meanwhile, Ha Tien 1 Cement Joint Stock Company (HT1), Lilama 10 Joint Stock Company (L10), and South Logistics Joint Stock Company (STG) all shot up the daily maximum allowed limit of 5 percent to VND12,600, VND37,800, and VND37,800 respectively.

In the north, Hanoi-based HNX-Index slipped 3.92 points, or 2.8 percent, to 136.19 points. Trading volume fell by 15 percent over the previous session to just above 29 million shares, worth VND729.86 billion.

The UPCoM-Index slid 1.45 points to 49.13. A total of 224,200 shares were traded at VND3.94 billion as of lunchtime.

Source: SGGP

Strange disease emerges again in northern province

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 7:22 am

A deadly disease temporarily called “te te, say say” (the beriberi, a nervous system ailment caused by thiamine deficiency) has resurfaced in Binh Chan Commune, Lac Son District in the northern province of Hoa Binh, said a health official on August 4.

These first patients of the strange disease in BInh Chan Commune, the northern province of Hoa Binh

The disease has infected 130 residents since the end of July, according to Dr. Quach Dinh Thong, director of Hoa Binh’s Department of Health.

The disease first emerged in the province in 1999, infecting 52 people four of whom died. In three successive years from 2005-2007, 182 persons contracted te te say say, including 19 fatalities.

For years, the Ministry of Health, relevant agencies and medical experts have researched the disease, but its cause remains unknown. Patients are currently given vitamin B1, as experts believe the disease may be caused by vitamin B deficiencies.

Source: SGGP

Heavy rains flood Hanoi roads again

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Downpours from 7am to 9am on July 13 prompted flooding in Hanoi and brought traffic in the capital to a standstill for several hours.

Rainwater floods a Hanoi street on the morning of July 13

Thousands of Hanoi residents couldn’t leave for work due to high floods on several main roads.

The Thai Ha, Nguyen Khuyen and Binh Trieu five-way crossroads were submerged under about 0.5 meter of rainwater.

Vehicles could barely move in the floods, and many cars and motorbikes broke down.
The heaviest floods were seen on Thai Thinh street, where rain water levels even submerged motorbikes’ engines.

Motorcyclists had to push their motorbikes across the street, and many tripped over potholes hidden by the water.

According to the Hanoi Drainage Company, the downpours drenched the capital in over 130 mm of water, the biggest downpour of the year so far.

The company said Hanoi’s inner-city drainage systems were overwhelmed by the downpours.

The company said all of four of its pumping stations were running at their full capacity during the floods.

After the rains, three people were found dead after being electrocuted.

A car’s engine fails and people pushed it out of the way during floods on Nguyen Cong Tru Street in Hanoi

The Lieu Giai Street remained flooded for several hours after the heavy rains in Hanoi July 13.

Source: SGGP

Cap again collecting oil from Gulf of Mexico leak

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:37 am

Oil had spewed uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for much of the day Wednesday before engineers reattached a cap being used to contain the gusher and direct some of the crude to a surface ship.

The logistics coordinator onboard the Discoverer Enterpriser, the ship that has been siphoning the oil, told The Associated Press that after more than 10 hours, the system was again collecting the crude. The crewmember, speaking from the bridge of the ship, said the cap was placed back on the gusher around 8 p.m. CDT. He asked not to be identified by name because he was not authorized to provide the information.

BP later confirmed the cap was back in place, but said it had been hooked up about an hour and half earlier. The coordinator said it would take a little time for the system to “get ramped back up.”

This image from video provided by BP PLC early Wednesday, June 23, 2010 shows oil continuing to gush from the broken wellhead, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico

Most recently, the system, which has been in place since June 4, was sucking up about 29,000 gallons an hour, crude that spewed back into the Gulf on Wednesday unabated. At that rate, it could mean about 290,000 extra gallons escaped into the water before the system restarted. Another ship was still collecting a smaller amount of oil and burning it on the surface.

BP engineers removed the cap after the mishap because fluid seemed to be leaking, creating a possible safety hazard because of the flames above, and they were concerned ice-like crystals might clog it.

The latest problem with the nine-week effort to stop the gusher came as thick pools of oil washed up on Pensacola Beach in Florida and the Obama administration sought to resurrect a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.

In court papers, the Justice Department said it has asked a judge to delay a court ruling by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans that overturned the moratorium. The Interior Department imposed it last month after the disaster, halting approval of any new permits for deepwater projects and suspending drilling on 33 exploratory wells.

Under the worst-case scenario, as much as 104,000 gallons an hour — 2.5 million gallons a day — is flowing from the site where the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.

Bob Dudley, the BP managing director who took over the spill response from his company’s embattled CEO Wednesday, had said earlier that engineers expected to replace the cap in less than a day.

“It’s a disruption, and the crew again did exactly the right thing because they were concerned about safety,” he said. “It’s a setback, and now we will go back into operation and show how this technology can work.”

When the robot bumped into the equipment just before 10 a.m., gas rose through a vent that carries warm water down to prevent ice-like crystals from forming in the machinery, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.

Crews were checking to see if the crystals called hydrates had formed before attempting to put the cap back on.

Ed Overton, a professor emeritus of environmental science at Louisiana State University, said he suspects crews are pumping air into the line to flush out any water before they try to reattach the cap.

“It sounds pretty easy and straightforward, but nothing is easy and straightforward when you’re doing it remotely from a mile away,” he said.

In May, a similar problem doomed the effort to put a bigger containment device over the blown-out well. BP had to abandon the four-story box after the crystals clogged it, threatening to make it float away.

The smaller cap had worked until now. To get it to the seafloor, though, crews had to slice away a section of the leaking pipe, meaning the flow of oil could be stronger now than before.

Meanwhile, pools of oil washed up along miles of national park and Pensacola Beach shoreline and health advisories against swimming and fishing in the once-pristine waters were extended for 33 miles east from the Alabama border.

“It’s pretty ugly, there’s no question about it,” Gov. Charlie Crist said.

The oil had a chemical stench as it baked in the afternoon heat. The beach looked as if it had been paved with a 6-foot-wide ribbon of asphalt, much different from the tar balls that washed up two weeks earlier.

“This used to be a place where you could come and forget about all your cares in the world,” said Nancy Berry, who fought back tears as she watched her two grandsons play in the sand far from the shore.

Park rangers in the Gulf Islands National Seashore helped to rescue an oily young dolphin found beached in the sand.

Ranger Bobbie Visnovske said a family found the dolphin Wednesday, and wildlife officers carried it into shallow water for immediate resuscitation. They later transported it to a rehabilitation center in Panama City, about 100 miles to the east.

The Obama administration was plotting its next steps Wednesday on the drilling halt. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement that within the next few days he would issue a new order imposing a moratorium that eliminates any doubt it is needed and appropriate.

“It’s important that we don’t move forward with new drilling until we know it can be done in a safe way,” he told a Senate subcommittee.

Attorneys for the oilfield services companies that sued over the moratorium filed court papers accusing the Obama administration of ignoring Feldman’s decision. They said Salazar’s comments about a new moratorium have had a chilling effect on the resumption of drilling.

Several companies, including Shell and Marathon Oil, said they would await the outcome of any appeals before they start drilling again.

Source: SGGP

Late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet lives again in new biography

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

A new biography on late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet hit the shelves June 16, two years after his death on June 11, 2008.

A photo of the late PM Vo Van Kiet and his grandchild is introduced to the public for the first time in the book.

The book, titled “The Firelighter,” is a comprehensive portrait of the leader who was Prime Minister of Vietnam from 1991 to 1997 and helped Vietnam open its doors to the world.

The book is divided into four parts. The first chapter is titled “Vo Van Kiet’s Itinerary,” featuring major events in the life of the late Prime Minister.

The second part is entitled “Vo Van Kiet’s Energy” and includes stories and remarks by national leaders likely Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Hanoi Party Committee Secretary Pham Quang Nghi, and former deputy Prime Minster and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Manh Cam.

The dignitaries relate stories about Mr.Kiet’s important decisions and breakthroughs in developing the economy of the Mekong Delta and central region. They also wax poetic about the way Kiet handled the expansion of diplomatic relations.

“A People of Many People” chronicle’s Kiet’s daily activities and his family mainly through pictures. There are also stories about his interest in the Voluntary Youth Force.

The last chapter of the book, published by Youth Publishing House, consists of the late prime minister’s writings about national unity and the Vietnamese Communist Party.

Source: SGGP

‘Woeful’ England disappoint again at World Cup

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

A toothless England were facing their critics Saturday after being held to a goalless draw by Algeria which left their hopes of World Cup survival hanging in the balance.

Fabio Capello’s England, already under pressure after their 1-1 opener against the United States, struggled to find a way past the Algerians and gave their critics more ammunition with a bleak performance in Cape Town.

British newspapers led the attack Saturday with striker Wayne Rooney’s form causing particular concern.

“What a load of Roobish!” said the Daily Mirror, while the Guardian’s verdict was: “No spark, no spirit, no hope”.

“There can be no excuses, this was as bad as it gets,” said the Sun, which had little sympathy for Rooney’s complaint about being booed off the pitch by fans at the end of the match.

“Woeful England at point of no return” was the headline in The Times.

England midfielder Frank Lampard lends support as an outnumbered Jermain Defoe (2ndRt) tries to get past Algerian defenders Rafik Halliche (R) and Madjid Bougherra (L) during their Group C first round 2010 World Cup match on June 18, at Green Point stadium in Cape Town.

Tipped as one of the favourites at the start of the tournament, England must now defeat Group C leaders Slovenia in their last game on Wednesday in Port Elizabeth to be sure of reaching the second round.

Fabio Capello was at a loss to explain why a team which sailed through qualification for the World Cup is misfiring in South Africa.

“This is not the team I recognise from training or from qualifying,” he said.

“We missed too many passes, lost too many balls. It was not a good game. We have to do better.

“We have another game to play. It’s our last chance to continue in the tournament. The players know what they have to do.”

The big news ahead of the game was the dropping of goalkeeper Robert Green after his blunder against the USA, with David James taking over, but all England’s problems on Friday came from their inability to threaten the Algerian goal.

Algerian goalkeeper M’bohi Rais Ouheb had little to do, as England captain Steven Gerrard acknowledged.

“We’re not happy with the performance, we need more if we want to stay in this tournament to the later stages, we need to improve,” he said.

There was far more entertainment in Slovenia’s 2-2 draw with United States earlier in the day which leaves the Balkan nation top of England’s Group C with four points, two ahead of Capello’s side.

But Slovenia will be kicking themselves after easing into half-time 2-0 up in Port Elizabeth thanks to goals by midfielder Valter Birsa and striker Zlatan Ljubijankic.

A victory would have guaranteed the Slovenians a place in the second round, but the Americans fought back through goals by Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, son of US coach Bob, to grab a 2-2 draw.

Germany had earned rave reviews in thrashing Australia 4-0 in their opening match, but a rugged Serbia beat them 1-0 with a goal scored just a minute after German striker Miroslav Klose was sent off for a second yellow card.

Serbia’s Milan Jovanovic beat Manuel Neuer from close range after the goalkeeper had been caught out by a deep cross that the giant Nikola Zigic headed back.

The woodwork foiled Germany on the stroke of half-time and Lukas Podolski had a weakly-struck second-half peanlty saved on a dreadful day for the three-time world champions.

Coach Joachim Loew reflected: “We had a lot of problems, the yellow cards for Klose, they got the first goal, then we failed to score from the penalty spot. “It was difficult to come to terms with all this.”

After turning around their fortunes following an opening defeat to Ghana, Serbia’s delighted boss Radomir Antic said: “This is a victory for our people who will know how to celebrate it.”

Australia confront Ghana in Rustenburg on Saturday and a win for the Socceroos would leave all four countries in Germany’s Group D on three points going into the final series of group matches next week.

Germany face Ghana in their last group match on Wednesday, when Serbia take on Australia.

Source: SGGP

Vivendi’s ex-boss on trial again for fraud

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:10 am

Jean-Marie Messier pictured in 2009 (AFP file)

PARIS, France (AFP) – Jean-Marie Messier, who boasted he was a “master of the universe” as he transformed Vivendi from a sleepy water utility into a global media giant, went on trial on Wednesday on charges of corporate fraud.

The former Vivendi boss arrived with his wife at the Paris courtroom where he joined Warner Music head Edgar Bronfman Jr and other former Vivendi executives who face related charges in the trial set to last four weeks.

Messier is accused of issuing false or misleading financial statements, manipulating share prices and misusing corporate assets in the 2000-2002 period when the firm went on a massive takeover spree.

At the turn of the century the now 53-year-old was a star of the French business world and was seen as a glittering example of a new spirit of enterprise taking hold in France.

But Vivendi, like many other firms, saw its share price hammered during the collapse of the tech sector and the economic fallout following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

Messier was forced out as CEO and chairman of Vivendi in July 2002 after he gave upbeat reports of the firm’s finances when in reality Vivendi was 35 billion euros in debt after buying companies like Universal film studios.

He now faces up to five years in prison and heavy fines if found guilty of corporate fraud. He and the others on trial deny the charges against them.

In January a New York jury ruled that Vivendi recklessly misled investors about the company’s finances, opening the door to a potential multibillion dollar payout to shareholders.

But Messier was cleared along with his chief financial officer Guillaume Hannezo — who is also on trial in Paris this week — by a jury which had deliberated over two weeks in the shareholder lawsuit.

Vivendi and Messier had been accused of making false statements about company finances between 2000 and 2002, before a collapse of the group’s share price, in the lawsuit charging “recklessly misleading communication.”

The class-action lawsuit brought in US federal court in 2002 had sought as much as 11.5 billion dollars to compensate shareholders.

The Paris trial is the result of a criminal inquiry begun in 2002 after individual French investors lodged a complaint.

Vivendi itself is a civil plaintiff in the case and may decide to seek compensation, its lawyers said.

The charge of misusing corporate assets partly relates to Messier’s failed attempt to award himself a “golden parachute” worth 20.5 million euros when he left the firm.

Five other former Vivendi executives and a former bank executive are on trial alongside Messier.

Bronfman Jr, the heir to one of Canada’s leading corporate dynasties, is on trial for insider trading following Vivendi’s purchase of the entertainment division of Seagram, the Canadian group he inherited.

Messier was fined one million euros — later reduced to 500,000 euros by an appeal court — by the French stock market regulator in 2004 for giving inaccurate financial information about Vivendi.

Vivendi, which sold a controlling stake in Universal to General Electric’s NBC, still controls video game giant Activision Blizzard, Universal Music Group, French telecom giant SFR and entertainment firm Canal Plus along with other operations around the world.

Source: SGGP

Coffee prices in the Central Highland region increase again

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Coffee prices in the Central Highland region increase again

QĐND – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Coffee prices in the Central Highland region on March 26 rose by VND600-800 per kilogram compared to one week ago.

In Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces, the price of coffee only reached VND24,300 per kilogram, up VND1,000 per kilogram against last week. According to the forecasts of many coffee export businesses, the prices will continue to rise in the next 2 months.

In London, the price of coffee on the world market on March 26 increased by US$55 per tonne to US$1,342 per tonne.

According to experts, the cause of the sharp rise in coffee prices is the proposal by the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association that the Government buy 200,000 tonnes of coffee for reserves this year.

Buying for reserves has a great influence on the balance of supply and demand on the world’s coffee transaction floors because Vietnam is one of leading countries exporting coffee Robusta.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND