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Most of Dong Nai farmers agree not to sue polluter Vedan

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Most of farmers in the southern province of Dong Nai have agreed not to sue Taiwanese MSG company Vedan and accept its VND120 billion compensation for damage it caused to them by polluting the Thi Vai River.

The form to collect Dong Nai farmers’ opinions (Photo: Vietnam Net)

Tran Van Quang, vice chairman of the Dong Nai Province Farmers Association, said relative provincial agencies August 27 received back 2,000 forms which they had delivered to affected farmers in Phuoc Thai and Long Phuoc communes, Long Thanh District to collect their opinions on whether they want to sue Vedan or accept its compensation.

He said most of farmers accept the compensation and do not want to sue Vedan, only six said they want to.

About 4,000 forms would be delivered today to farmers in Phuoc An and Long Tho communes, Nhon Trach District, he added.

The province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment sent August 27 an official letter to the provincial People’s Committee to suggest rates for dividing the compensation among affected farmers in line with the figure in the assessment by the Institute for Natural Resources and Environment, in the case farmers take the compensation.

According to the suggested rates, Nhon Trach farmers will receive VND89 billion, and Long Thanh farmers will get over VND30.7 billion.

While Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria – Vung Tau signed compensation agreements with Vedan on August 13, Dong Nai remains uncertain.
By August 16, nearly 5,000 affected farmers denied as victims of Vedan and over 3,000 lodged complaints against Vedan with the local court.

Dong Nai authorities had to organize a closed meeting to discuss the case on August 16, and after the meeting they decided to collect farmers’ opinions about Vedan’s compensation.

If Dong Nai farmers agree to the compensation, then they must stop their lawsuits.

Source: SGGP

Arabs agree to Israel-Palestinian talks

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 3:19 am

 Arab officials agreed in principle on Thursday to the holding of direct Middle East peace negotiations and left it up to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to decide when to start talks with Israel.

Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been under pressure from Washington to move forward, and the announcement prompted Netanyahu to express openness to starting talks “in the next few days.”

The United States said it was encouraged by the news from Cairo, while Abbas’s rivals Hamas rejected it and his own aides stood firm on his demands.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) speaks with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani during a meeting for the Arab Peace Initiative committee in Cairo.

Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani made the announcement after chairing the meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo.

He spoke in response to a question about whether they had given Abbas a “green light” to start talks.

“I’ll be clear. There is an agreement but with the understanding of what will be discussed and how the direct negotiations will be conducted. And we will leave the assessment of the position to the Palestinian president as to when the conditions allow the beginning of such negotiations,” he said.

The meeting drafted a letter to US President Barack Obama which laid out the “general principles” of peace talks.

Arab League chief Amr Mussa said “written guarantees” were required for direct talks.

There “must be written guarantees … and the negotiations should be serious and final status talks,” he said.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the letter included demands that Israel first halt settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem and agree to its 1967 frontiers as the starting point of the discussion of final borders.

“The Arabs demanded in their letter to Obama that the reference point of the Palestinian state be the 1967 borders, with agreed-upon exchanges of land and a halt to settlements,” he said.

Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, annexing the latter in a move not recognised by the international community. It views the entire city as its “eternal, undivided” capital.

Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said “the Palestinian position has Arab and international support, and we want there to be an Israeli response that allows for the creation of a suitable climate to go to direct negotiations.”

In Jerusalem, a statement from Netanyahu’s office said: “In response to the Arab League decision, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is ready to start, already in the next few days, direct and frank talks that with the Palestinian Authority.”

In Washington, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said “we’re encouraged by what we’ve heard today coming out of Cairo.”

But the Islamist movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, slammed the position of Arab ministers, saying it “rejects any Arab call to resume negotiations with the occupation and considers it a grave political error.”

Abbas has conditioned the talks on an Israel guarantee for Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders between the Jewish state and east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

He also wants an end to settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israel acceded to US pressure to limit settlement building in the West Bank until September, when a moratorium ends.

The Palestinian leader repeated his conditions on the eve of the meeting in an interview with Egyptian newspaper editors, the official Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Thursday.

Abbas said he would tell the meeting that if there was “no serious vision relating to the 1967 borders and an end to settlements then I cannot enter direct negotiations,” adding he would immediately enter negotiations if his demands were guaranteed.

He complained about “pressures I have never faced before in my life” from Washington and the European Union.

Abbas suspended direct negotiations with Israel after its offensive on the Islamist Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in December 2008 in response to rocket fire.

Source: SGGP

Microsoft, FPT agree on ‘cloud computing’

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Petrovietnam and VNIC agree on comprehensive cooperation

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Petrovietnam and VNIC agree on comprehensive cooperation

QĐND – Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 22:33 (GMT+7)

PANO – An agreement on comprehensive cooperation between Petrovietnam (the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group) and VNIC (the Vietnam Construction Industry Group) was reached on May 18th.

According to representatives of the two giants at the signing ceremony in Hanoi, the partners will cooperate in areas of mutual interest.

Accordingly, the two groups will create platforms for their affiliates to join in investment and implementation of projects in accordance of their capacities.

In the immediate time the two sides will collaborate in investing and constructing several projects in power, manufacturing and mining.

In addition, Petrovietnam will funnel capital for some of VNIC’s projects and VNIC will provide its products and services to Petrovietnam. 

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Toyota to agree to $16.4 million fine

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:39 am

Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to agree to a fine of more than $16 million, the largest government penalty levied against an automaker, for a four-month delay in telling federal authorities about defective gas pedals on its vehicles, a Transportation Department official said Sunday.

Toyota faces a Monday deadline to accept or contest the $16.4 million fine over evidence it knew about sticking gas pedals in September but did not issue a recall until January.

The Transportation official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity. The official said Toyota is expected to pay the full amount of the assessed fine within 30 days as a means of avoiding going to court against the government.

The official said Toyota did not intend to accept liability explicitly. But from the government’s viewpoint, the official said, the agreement to pay the full fine constituted an acceptance of responsibility for hiding the safety defect in violation of the law.

Toyota did not immediately comment on the fine. Under federal law, automakers are required to notify the government within five business days when they find a potential safety defect.

Toyota announced it would recall 2.3 million vehicles in January to address sticking pedals on popular vehicles such as the Camry and Corolla. The Japanese automaker has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide because of acceleration problems in multiple models and braking issues in the Prius hybrid.

Concerns about sticking gas pedals and complaints from Toyota owners in the U.S. were rising at the end of 2009, according to chronologies of the investigation Toyota provided to the government.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said documents provided by Toyota showed the automaker had known about the sticky pedal defect at least since Sept. 29, 2009, when it issued repair procedures to distributors in 31 European countries to address complaints of sticking pedals, sudden increases in engine RPM and sudden vehicle acceleration.

The documents also showed that Toyota knew that owners in the United States had experienced the same problems.

The Japanese automaker has been weighing its options since the fine was announced in early April but analysts expected it to pay the penalty.

The company has been named in 138 potential class-action lawsuits over falling vehicle values and about 100 personal injury and wrongful death cases in federal courts. Federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are conducting investigations related to the recalls.

“When you look at the toll it’s taken on Toyota’s reputation, when you look at the number of vehicles involved, when you look at the hardship it’s placed on Toyota’s customer base, it’s only right for Toyota to take this fine,” said Dennis Virag, president of Automotive Consulting Group based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Transportation officials have not ruled out additional fines. The department is reviewing whether Toyota delayed for six weeks the late January recall of the 2009-2010 Venza in the United States to address floor mats that could entrap the accelerator pedal after making a similar recall in Canada.

Toyota recalled the Venza in Canada in December and reported to the U.S. government on Dec. 16 that the floor mats could move forward while the vehicle is in use and “may interfere with the accelerator pedal.”

Toyota told U.S. authorities at the time that the floor mats in question were not imported into the U.S. but the Venza was added to the floor mat recall in late January.

Source: SGGP

US, Russia agree positions on nuclear arms deal: report

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm

MOSCOW (AFP) – US and Russian officials have reached agreement on the broad principles of a new nuclear disarmament deal to replace the 1991 START accord, Interfax quoted a Russian source as saying Friday.

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press briefing with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow in July (AFP file)

“The positions of the new agreement on strategic weapons have been agreed (by negotiators in Geneva) and an official statement about this could be made soon,” the news agency quoted a diplomatic source as saying.

The source added that “a large volume” of technical work was still required to complete the successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and this work “could even take several weeks”.

No further details were immediately available.

US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev are to meet on the sidelines of the Copenhagen climate summit on Friday, a US official has said, in a bid to hasten a new accord after START expired on December 5.

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Thailand: Protesters agree to talks with authorities

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – People’s Alliance for Democracy protesters occupying Bangkok’s main international airport have agreed to hold formal talks with the Thai authorities on November 29, according to news reports.

This agreement was reached after the two sides had spoken by telephone, Bangkok police Deputy Commander Major General Piya Sorntrakoon was quoted by news agencies as saying on November 28.

The talks will involve the governor of Samut Prakarn province where Suvarnabhumi airport is located, a representative of Airports of Thailand, the chairman of the national Human Rights Commission and the media.

According to Major General Piya, hundreds of police had also moved into position outside Suvarnabhumi airport but it was “not for a crackdown.”

On the same day, Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat sacked Police Commissioner-General Pol. Gen. Phatcharawat Wongsuwan. He was replaced by Police Inspector-General Pol. Gen. Prateep Tanprasert, news reports noted. –

Asian cities agree to cooperate in disaster mitigation

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Member cities of the Asian Network Major Cities 21 (ANMC21) agreed on November 21 to formulate a series of measures for flood prevention and disaster mitigation through steady efforts and innovative ideas.

Representatives from Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo said they would establish rapid information-providing and evacuation systems in case of emergencies through exchanges between the member cities in the fields of experience, information on policies, technology and personnel.

This would improve flood control measures in all member cities to make Asian cities not only safe but also comfortable to live in through adaptation to climate change, Bernama news agency reported, citing the Kuala Lumpur Declaration, passed at the 7th Plenary Meeting of ANMC 21 on November 21 in Malaysia.

In the declaration, the cities also agreed upon fully-commited and continuous support in pursuing the ANMC21 objectives of promoting greater solidarity and cooperation in sharing regional peace and prosperity through the implementation of joint projects.-

Indonesia, Malaysia agree on procedure for border patrols

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to adopt a permanent procedure for coordinated air patrols along their common borders, Antara news agency reported.

The accord was reached in the 37th session of the General Border Committee of Malaysia-Indonesia (GBC Malindo), Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Djoko Santoso said on the sidelines of the sixth session of the High Level Committee of the GBC Malindo late last week.

The permanent procedure would cover among other things the aspects of number of personnel, frequency and location of the coordinated air patrols.

“The air patrols are mainly aimed at monitoring security conditions along the Malaysian-Indonesian borders which are prone to illegal activities,” Commander General Djoko Santoso was cited as saying.

The air patrols could be conducted on a monthly basis, depending on the situation, Antara quoted Supiadin, operations assistant to the TNI commander as saying.-

Cambodia, Thailand agree on provisional arrangements for border issue

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Phnom Penh (VNA) – After three-day negotiations, Cambodia and Thailand have agreed on some provisional arrangements that would pave the way for resolving the long-running border disputes concerning sovereinty claims over Preah Vihear temple.

The agreements, reached following talks between Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and his Thai counterpart Sompong Amornvivat in the Cambodian resort town of Siem Reap, include joint mine clearance at the temple area and starting border demarcation using the 1904 map by the French colony from areas near the temple first.

Speaking at a press conference after a meeting, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said legal experts from both sides will meet in January 2009 to measure the border for planting border posts, according to news agencies.

But it is not clear yet how soon those tasks could begin because the Thai side will first have to submit documents for approval of Thailand’s Parliament.

He added both sides had also agreed to withdraw troops from the Keo Sihka Kiri Svara pagoda and its surrounding areas and the areas near the Preah Vihear temple.

Cambodia and Thailand have 790-km-long border line, with only 73 border posts which were planted in 1907.

Tensions between the two countries have been simmering since July this year when the 900-year-old temple was granted World Heritage status by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO).

Following the breakdown of a round of talks last month, troops from the two countries clashed on the disputed land on October 15, killing two Cambodian soldiers and injuring seven Thais.-