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Diseases break out in southern region

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

The number of children and the elderly infected with respiratory diseases, dengue fever and cholera has soared in Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces.

For a short period, there was a lull in these diseases, however, lately; they have come back in force.

Eating food from street vendors might be one of reasons why people develop diarrhea (Photo: SGGP)

At the HCMC Children Hospital No.1, the respiratory department has been overwhelmed with 200-230 children a day. There are only 100 sick beds in the hospital, and several children have been treated for pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma.


In addition, the number of children hospitalsed is also on the rise, and most of them come from the Mekong Delta.


Similarly, in the HCMC Children Hospital No.2, respiratory and digestion departments are overcrowded with sick children. The hospital has treated at least 3,000 children a day, several of them suffering from respiratory and digestion diseases.


A doctor said that on average, he treats about 60 to 70 children a day, but now it is over 100 children a day. 


The Pasteur Institute in the city said that since the beginning of the year, the southern region has been infected with over 64,800 patients suffering from dengue fever, with 65 people dying from this disease.


The dengue fever spread to 16 of 20 provinces and cities in the region. Furthermore, An Giang, Ben Tre, Binh Duong and Dong Thap provinces have seen an increase in the number of patient dying from the disease.


Every week in HCMC over 500 people are hospitalized due to dengue fever and that is an increase of 50 percent over the same period last year.


In addition, recently a child has died and two others hospitalized for cholera in the Binh Chanh District of HCMC.


Nguyen Dac Tho, deputy director of HCMC Preventive Medicine Center, said “that the polluted environment around accommodation areas have triggered the disease”.


To cope with the outbreak, the HCMC Department of Health has ordered relevant organizations to implement stricter health measures to prevent any more disease from spreading, especially cholera.


The department has also instructed the district authorities to warned residents about the dangers of poor food hygiene, particularly using water from contaminated sources, thereby contributing to water-born diseases.

Source: SGGP

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In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 5:54 am

Gunshots hit Pentagon, break windows: police

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

WASHINGTON, Oct 19, 2010 (AFP) – Gunshots struck the Pentagon early on Tuesday, shattering two windows but causing no injuries, officials said, as police suspected the gunfire came from a high-velocity rifle.


Authorities had no suspects yet in the incident, in which police heard five to seven shots ring out near the south parking lot at the sprawling Defense Department headquarters.

The Pentagon (AFP file)

“As we know right now, and the information is still preliminary, a window on the third floor and a window on the fourth floor were hit by gunfire,” Steven Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, told a news conference.


“We believe that there may have been other bullet strikes on the building as well,” he said.


The bullets did not penetrate the windows and the offices were unoccupied as they are being renovated, he said.


The incident coincided with growing concerns over terror threats and only months after an American gunman walked up to the Pentagon’s main entrance and opened fire, wounding two police officers before he was shot dead.


Police introduced tighter security after the March assault, though the Pentagon has been heavily guarded since the attacks of September 11, 2001, when a hijacked plane slammed into the building.


Tuesday’s shooting occurred at about 4:55 am (0855 GMT), and after closing down the building to search the area, police found no suspects and reopened the Pentagon’s entrances by 5:40 am (0940 GMT).


No weapon has been found so far but police suspected the gunfire likely came from a high-velocity rifle, Calvery said.


Police were searching for shell casings or other clues along a nearby highway, Interstate 395, as well as buildings that face the south side of the Pentagon, Calvery said.


Police also were studying surveillance video and carrying out ballistic tests on bullet fragments, but authorities had no reports from witnesses about any suspicious activity or cars in the area.


Calvery said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating a possible connection to another shooting on Monday at a US Marine Corps museum, next to the marines’ Quantico base in Virginia, about 48 kilometers (30 miles) south of Washington, he said.


No intelligence before the shooting suggested a heightened threat to the Pentagon and at the moment, authorities viewed the incident as a “random event,” he said.


Police were reviewing security at the building but there were no plans to step up security measures, he added.

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Source: SGGP

Dow industrials climb 57 to break seven-day slide

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2010 at 4:12 am

The Dow Jones industrial average broke a seven-day slide Tuesday after traders sifted through the market for beaten-down stocks.


The Dow rose 57 points, or 0.6 percent, after dropping 7.3 percent in just the past two weeks and reaching its lowest level since October. Traders were looking to pick up stocks while they’re still cheap, but the buying was selective and there were more losing stocks than gainers on the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow rose as much as 172 points in morning trading but also fell into the red by mid-afternoon.


“There are pockets of opportunity out there. There are some areas with good valuations,” said Aaron Reynolds, senior portfolio analyst at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee.


High-tech and oil service companies were among the market leaders. But retailers slumped amid downbeat comments from analysts and ahead of reports later in the week on June sales. Investors are concerned that a weakening of the economic recovery will keep cautious consumers out of stores. Macy’s Inc. fell 2.5 percent, while Home Depot Inc. lost 1.5 percent.

In this file photo taken March 9, 2010, people walk on Wall Street, in New York

The unevenness to the day’s moves signaled that traders remain on edge about the economy.


Brian Dolan, chief currency strategist at Forex.com in Bedminster, N.J., said a rise in Treasury prices made it clear that worries remain. Treasurys have been rallying during the past month as investors worried about where the economy is heading looked for a safe place for their money.


“We’ve obviously ratcheted down the outlook and now it’s a question of how much further,” Dolan said, referring to the economy. “From here I would expect to see further weakness.”


The day’s economic news didn’t offer investors much incentive to buy. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, said growth in services businesses slowed last month. Its services index fell to 53.8 from 55.4 in May. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters forecast a reading 55.0. Anything above 50 indicates growth.


The Dow rose 57.14, or 0.6 percent, to 9,743.62. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5.48, or 0.5 percent, to 1,028.06, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 2.09, or 0.1 percent, to 2,093.88.


The market’s advance came after stocks dropped Friday on a report found that employers didn’t ramp up hiring as much as economists had forecast. It was the second straight month hiring by private employers missed expectations. U.S. markets were closed Monday for Independence Day.


Meanwhile, bond prices rose. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, fell to 2.94 percent from 2.98 percent late Friday.


Crude oil fell 16 cents to settle at $71.98 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


Oil service companies rose after a Barclays Capital analyst upgraded ratings for the industry. Halliburton Inc. rose 72 cents, or 2.8 percent, to $26.46.


Some of the tech stocks that were pounded in recent weeks had a natural bounce back. Microsoft Inc. rose 55 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $23.82. Intel Corp. rose 28 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $19.48.


Macy’s fell 44 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $17.41, while Home Depot fell 42 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $27.34.


The number of stocks that fell narrowly outpaced those that rose on the NYSE, where consolidated volume came to 4.7 billion shares, compared with 4 billion Friday.


The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 8.94, or 1.5 percent, to 590.03.


Overseas markets rose after investors found stock prices more attractive and Australia’s central bank issued an upbeat forecast for the country’s economy. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 2.9 percent, Germany’s DAX index gained 2.2 percent, and France’s CAC-40 jumped 2.7 percent. Japan’s Nikkei stock average rose 0.8 percent.

Source: SGGP

British parties in new talks to break vote deadlock

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 4:50 am

Britain’s Conservatives and Liberal Democrats meet for new talks Monday amid signs they are edging closer to a deal that would break the country’s post-election deadlock.


Negotiators from the opposition parties will make a fresh bid to forge agreement after “very positive and productive discussions” that would end the stalemate and likely install Conservative leader, David Cameron, as prime minister.


All eyes will be on financial markets as they open Monday, amid fears the failure to swiftly provide the country with a strong government could send the pound tumbling.


Thursday’s general election delivered a hung parliament — where no one party has overall control — for the first time in 36 years.

British opposition Conservative party Leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive for a church service in Kensington, west London

The Conservatives won the most seats and pushed the ruling Labour party into second.


But under Britain’s first-past-the-post voting system, it was not enough to govern alone and they are now trying to win the extra support needed to rule by working with the Lib Dems, who were in third place.


“The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are discussing specific proposals and the negotiating teams will meet again in the morning,” said a Conservative spokesman late Sunday.


Amid growing signs the two sides were inching towards a deal, Cameron met in parliament with Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, on Sunday, in the second set of face-to-face talks in 24 hours.


But Prime Minister Gordon Brown, still in power at the head of Labour but faced with growing calls to step aside, also met with Clegg, in a meeting described by sources as “amicable.”


The embattled leader could seek to join up with the Lib Dems if their talks with the Conservatives fail.


Talks between the Lib Dem and Conservative negotiators — which do not include their leaders — are the main focus of the push to break the stalemate.


Both parties described discussions on Sunday, which lasted more than five hours, as positive and also apparently tried to send a calming message to jittery financial markets.


“We’ve had some very positive and productive discussions over many key policy areas,” said Conservative negotiator William Hague.


“We are agreed that a central part of any agreement that we make will be economic stability and a reduction of the budget deficit,” he added.


Liberal Democrat lawmaker Danny Alexander, who emerged with his party’s negotiators, said the talks had been “useful.”


“Any agreement made will have deficit reduction and economic stability at its heart,” he said.


The general election resulted in the first hung parliament for decades after the Conservatives won the most seats but came up 20 short of an overall majority.


Both the Tories and the Lib Dems have expressed their willingness to come to an agreement.

Clegg has hinted his party may even compromise on their key demand of electoral reform.

Speaking in London Sunday before his negotiators held the last round of talks with the Tories, Clegg said he was “keen that the Lib Dems should play a constructive role at a time of great economic uncertainty.”

He also indicated his party could be willing to compromise on one of its demands, electoral reform. Listing key priorities, he stressed simply “extensive fundamental political reform.”

This contrasts with his repeated calls on the campaign trail to ditch Britain’s voting system for proportional representation, which would favour the Lib Dems.

Despite the negotiations and a Sunday Times/YouGov poll which suggested 62 percent of people want him out of 10 Downing Street now, Brown signalled he means to fight on.

“My resolve has not, and will not, change,” Brown wrote to Labour Party members.

There has been talk that Brown, whose party has been in power for 13 years, could be replaced by a figure like Foreign Secretary David Miliband if the Tories and Lib Dems reach agreement.

The centrist Lib Dems are seen as closer to centre-left Labour in most policy areas and there have been warnings that it may not be easy for them to secure a deal with the centre-right Conservatives.

Any alliance involving the Lib Dems has to be first approved by their lawmakers, the ruling executive and potentially their full membership in a complex system known as the “triple lock”.

If a deal cannot be done with the Lib Dems, Cameron is prepared to try to rule as leader of a minority Conservative government, relying on ad hoc support from smaller parties.

Source: SGGP

Multiple forest fires break out across Vietnam

In Politics-Society on March 8, 2010 at 2:37 am




Multiple forest fires break out across Vietnam


QĐND – Friday, March 05, 2010, 21:14 (GMT+7)

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests nationwide are subject to the highest fire alert during this prolonged period of dry weather, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported on March 4.


According to satellite pictures, there were approximately 176 ongoing fires and forest fires on the afternoon of March 4. The highest alert level is now applied in 19 provinces and cities, including Ca Mau, An Giang, Dong Nai, Kien Giang, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Lam Dong, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Nghe An, Quang Ngai, Hoa Binh, Cao Bang, Lang Son and Yen Bai, reported Ha Cong Tuan, head of the ministry’s Forest Management Department.


The fire in Ta Xua nature reserve, Son La Province, has not been stamped out and may spread to neighboring forests in Yen Bai province.


U Minh Ha National Park demonstrates the seriousness of these fire risks. More than 36,000 ha of forests in the park were at their highest fire alerts after two small fires took place in recent days due to slash and burn farming, claimed Le Van Hai, deputy head of the Ca Mau Forest Management Department.


The ministry urged preventive measures to combat forest fires by entrusting more people to patrol the forests regularly, providing more modern fire prevention equipment and planning to combat fires when they break out.


The Vietnam Environment and Hydrometeorology Science Institute said that the El Nino weather was forecast to last through May, so high temperatures and droughts will continue.


Source: VNN


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Dubai stocks maintain profits after break

In World on December 14, 2009 at 4:45 am

DUBAI (AFP) – The Dubai stock market strengthened on Sunday, building on a 7.0 surge it made before its weekend on Thursday, lifted by property giant Emaar’s decision to abandon a merger with state-owned entities.


By midday, the Dubai Financial Market index was trading 3.76 percent up at 1,702.45 points, after it had opened 0.9 percent up.








Emiratis follow stock market activity at the stock exchange in Dubai (AFP file)

The value of trades also increased by midday from 16.3 million dirhams (4.4 million dollars) to 814.7 million dirhams (222 million dollars).


Emaar Properties, the largest Middle East real estate firm by market capitalisation, saw its shares rocket on Thursday by 14.84 percent, narrowly missing the maximum-allowed daily increase of 15 percent.


On Sunday, Emaar shares were trading more than 8.0 percent up.


“Now with the overhang cleared, we believe investors should direct their focus back to Emaar?s fundamental value as a standalone entity,” EFG-Hermes investment bank said in a report on Sunday, referring to Emaar’s decision last week to cancel a merger with the property arm of government-owned Dubai Holding.


“Given the positive nature of this announcement coupled with Emaar?s prominence on the DFM, we believe there could be some positive reaction, albeit likely to be short-lived,” it added.


The shares of leading construction firm, Arabtec, were also up over 7.0 percent, while the stocks of budget airline Air Arabia were up just over 1.0 percent.


Dubai Islamic Bank shares meanwhile appeared to shrug off a rate downgrading by Moody’s as they surged by nearly 10 percent. Emirates NBD bank, also downgraded, seemed to react negatively, dropping by over 4.0 percent.


The recovery followed days of severe battering for leading shares, dropping almost the maximum-permitted 10 percent, as the market remained shaky over Dubai’s debt woes.


The market trades on Monday on the eve of the maturity of 3.5 billion dollars of Islamic bonds issued by Nakheel, the huge property arm of government-owned Dubai World — whose liabilities amount to 59 billion dollars.


Dubai rocked world markets in late November when it requested a freeze on debt payments by Dubai World, in order to restructure the group. Gulf markets also took the news badly.


The economy minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan al-Mansouri, said on Saturday that the oil-rich economy will continue to grow, even though at lower rates than earlier years.


He said the gross domestic product of the UAE, which grew 6.2 percent in 2007 and 7.4 percent in 2008, is estimated to witness a growth of 1.3 percent in 2009 and 3.2 percent in 2010.


Meanwhile, the market in Abu Dhabi was up 4.4 percent by midday at 2,612.10 points. All sectors were in the green, with real estate surging over 8.0 percent and banking up almost 6.0 percent.


In Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab bourse opened slightly up, but then slipped by 0.14 percent at around 0830 GMT.


All sectors were marked in red, except for petrochemicals which was up 0.29 percent and energy and utilities, which increased 0.06 percent.


Qatar stocks traded 0.98 percent up by midday after gaining 1.99 percent on Thursday, the last day of trading for the week.


Kuwait Stock Exchange was up 1.15 percent.


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