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Rescue centre built in Ly Son island

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

59 die in suicide attack on Iraq army recruitment centre

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:23 am

BAGHDAD, Aug 17, 2010 (AFP) – A suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded army recruitment centre in Baghdad killing 59 people Tuesday, officials said, as violence coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan raged across Iraq.


The attack, blamed on Al-Qaeda and the deadliest this year, wounded at least another 100 people and came a day after Iraq’s two main political parties suspended talks over the formation of a new government and as the US withdraws thousands of its soldiers from the country.


US President Barack Obama led international condemnation of the attack, with his spokesman insisting the bomber’s attempt to “derail the advances that the Iraqi people have made” would not succeed.

U.S. soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of Army Specialist Jamal M. Rhett out of a C-17 during a dignified transfer on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base August 17, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Rhett of Palmyra, New Jersey, died Aug. 15 in Ba Qubah, Iraq. AFP

Britain and France joined in, with Paris describing it as “cowardly” and London labelling it “unjustified and vicious.”


Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered a high-level probe into the bombing, which Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta blamed on Al-Qaeda.


“The fingerprints of Al-Qaeda are very clear in this attack,” Atta told AFP. “You can see it in the timing, the circumstances, the target and the style of the attack — all the information indicates it was Al-Qaeda behind this.”


An official at Baghdad morgue put the death toll at 59, while a doctor at Medical City hospital, close to the scene of the attack, said they had received 125 wounded.


The bomber blew himself up around 7:30 am (0430 GMT) at the centre, a former ministry of defence building that now houses a local security command, in the Baab al-Muatham neighbourhood in the heart of the capital.


An interior ministry official said the majority of the victims were prospective soldiers seeking to enlist on the last day of a week-long recruitment drive but that some troops who were protecting the compound were also hurt and killed.


“After the explosion, everyone ran away, and the soldiers fired into the air,” said 19-year-old Ahmed Kadhim, one of the recruits at the centre who escaped unharmed from the attack.


“I saw dozens of people lying on the ground, some of them were on fire. Others were running with blood pouring out.”


Kadhim said the recruits, who had to pass two searches to enter the recruitment centre compound, had been divided into groups based on their educational qualifications, with the suicide bomber targeting the selection of high school graduates.


A doctor at Medical City hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, said several of the wounded remained in critical condition and added that most of the victims were “very young — less than 20 years old.”


Iraqi security forces cordoned off the area following the attack, and security was stepped up across the capital, leading to traffic gridlock during the morning rush hour.


A shop owner in the area, who did not want to be named, blamed negligence on the part of army officers for the attack.


“This is the fault of the officers responsible for securing the area — they let these recruits gather outside the centre without any protection,” he said.


Also on Tuesday, two policemen were gunned down at a security checkpoint in the northern city of Kirkuk, and a senior trade ministry official was shot dead in west Baghdad, security officials said.


Two separate bomb attacks against judges in Baghdad and the central city of Baquba left four of them wounded, the officials added.


The recruitment centre explosion was the bloodiest single attack here since December 8, when coordinated blasts in the capital killed 127 people, and recalls a spate of suicide bombings against army recruitment posts in 2006 and 2007, when Iraq’s insurgency was at its peak.


Violence has surged in the past two months in Iraq, with 200 people already killed in August alone, and the latest bloodletting, which coincides with Ramadan, has sparked concern that local forces are not yet prepared to handle the country’s security on their own.


American commanders insist that Iraqi soldiers are up to the job as they pull out thousands of their forces ahead of a declaration to an end to combat operations at the end of August.


But Iraq’s top military officer has raised doubt about his soldiers’ readiness when the last US troops depart as scheduled at the end of 2011. American forces would need to stay until 2020, Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari said earlier this month.


Iraq is also mired in a political stalemate, with the winner of its March election breaking off talks with his main rival Monday evening, dampening already faint hopes that a government could be formed before Ramadan ends in the middle of September.

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Source: SGGP

59 die in suicide attack on Iraq army recruitment centre

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded army recruitment centre in Baghdad killing 59 people Tuesday, officials said, as violence coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan raged across Iraq.


The attack, the deadliest this year, wounded at least another 100 people and came a day after Iraq’s two main political parties suspended talks over the formation of a new government five months on from elections, and as the US withdraws thousands of its soldiers from the country.


“We have received 59 corpses this morning,” an official at Baghdad morgue said, speaking on condition of anonymity. A doctor at Medical City hospital, close to the scene of the attack, said they had so far received 125 wounded.

An Iraqi policeman mans a mobile checkpoint where cars are searched in central Baghdad on August 17, 2010, following a suicide bombing at a crowded army recruitment centre in the Iraqi capital early in the morning in which more than 40 people were killed

The bomber blew himself up around 7:30 am (0430 GMT) at the centre, a former ministry of defence building that now houses a local security command, in the Baab al-Muatham neighbourhood of central Baghdad.


An interior ministry official said the majority of the victims were army recruits but that some soldiers who were protecting the recruitment centre compound were also among the casualties.


“After the explosion, everyone ran away, and the soldiers fired into the air,” said 19-year-old Ahmed Kadhim, one of the recruits at the centre who escaped unharmed from the attack.


“I saw dozens of people lying on the ground, some of them were on fire. Others were running with blood pouring out.”


Kadhim said the recruits had been divided into groups based on their educational qualifications, with the suicide bomber targeting the selection of high school graduates.


“I don’t know how he managed to get through all the security measures,” he added, referring to two searches that each recruit had to pass before being allowed in the area. “Maybe he hid in the area from last night.”


Iraqi security forces cordoned off the area following the attack, and security was stepped up across the capital, leading to traffic gridlock during the morning rush hour.


Also on Tuesday, two separate bomb attacks against judges in Baghdad and the central city of Baquba left four of them wounded, security officials said.


The recruitment centre explosion was the bloodiest single attack in Iraq since December 8, when a series of coordinated blasts in the capital killed 127 people.


Violence has surged in the past two months in Iraq, with 200 people already killed in August alone and Iraqi government figures saying that 535 people died in July — the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008. The US military disputes the July figure, saying 222 people died violently.


Violence has surged since the start of Ramadan on August 11, with a spate of weekend bombings and shootings killing 18 people and a car bomb attack on Tuesday killing five, including four Iranian pilgrims.


The bloodletting has sparked concern that local forces are not yet prepared to handle the country’s security on their own.


American commanders, however, insist, that Iraqi soldiers are up to the job as they pull out thousands of their forces ahead of a declaration to an end to combat operations at the end of August.


But Iraq’s top military officer has raised doubt about his soldiers’ readiness when the last US troops depart as scheduled at the end of 2011. American forces would need to stay until 2020, Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari said earlier this month.


Iraq is also mired in a political stalemate, with the winner of its March election breaking off talks with his main rival Monday evening, dampening already faint hopes that a government could be formed before Ramadan ends in the middle of September.


The country’s security forces have been persistent targets at the hands of insurgent groups since the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003, as they are seen by militants as a symbol of the government, and representatives of an “occupying force.”

Source: SGGP

Fire near Russian nuclear centre grows

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

MOSCOW (AFP) – Wildfires raging close to Russia’s main nuclear research centre have grown in size and emergency services are working round the clock to contain the blaze, officials said on Friday.


Russia has sent thousands of firefighters to douse wildfires close to its top nuclear research centre in Sarov, a town in the Nizhny Novgorod region still closed to foreigners as in Soviet times.

A Russian firefighter sprays water on a forest fire blaze at the Losiny Ostrov nature reserve in Moscow. AFP

“The fire which appeared in the eastern part of the nature reserve two days ago after lightning struck a pine tree has grown in size and now presents a certain danger,” the head of the emergencies ministry for Mordovia, Major General Vyacheslav Kormilitsyn, said in a statement.


Meanwhile the first significant rain for weeks poured down on Moscow on Friday although forecasters said the heatwave that has left tens of thousands of hectares of land ablaze and destroyed a quarter of Russian crops would continue over the next days.


Despite signs of public frustration with the authorities, a heavy police presence ensured only a few dozen activists turned out for a protest against the Moscow mayor’s handling of the crisis, several of whom were then arrested.


A dramatic storm with rain throughout the night hit Moscow. Temperatures up to 32 degrees Celsius were expected later in the day — hotter than usual but still cooler than temperatures edging up to 40 degrees recorded earlier.


There was little sign of the smog from the wildfires that had blighted the Russian capital in the last week but new reports emerged accusing the authorities of hiding the true health toll from the heatwave.


Moscow’s top health official has already said the mortality rate had doubled in the heatwave, with hundreds more deaths every day than in usual periods. However the federal authorities have refused to confirm these figures.


The Interfax news agency quoted Moscow doctors as saying they had been forbidden to give “heatstroke” as a cause of death to keep a lid on the statistics.


“We received the order not to use the diagnosis ‘heatstroke’. We are told that the statistics for heatstroke were mounting up,” one doctor told the news agency.


“There was no official order, everything is has been communicated orally,” the source added.


News website lifenews.ru even published a picture of what it said was an informal order pinned up in a Moscow hospital saying: “Attention! Do not use the diagnosis heatstroke!”


“This is done so that the statisics, including cases of death connected with the heatwave, do not mount up,” a medical source told the website. There was no immediate official confirmation.


Several dozen activists gathered outside Moscow’s city hall Thursday evening for an unsanctioned protest against mayor Yuri Luzhkov, where they were quickly surrounded by riot police.


Around 20 people were arrested including veteran human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov and Left Front leader Sergey Udaltsov, who was prevented from joining the demonstration.


Luzhkov controversially remained on holiday as the city’s health crisis mounted, only returning on Sunday.


With the full impact of the drought and fires becoming clear, President Dmitry Medvedev said one quarter of Russia’s crops had been lost and many farms were now on the verge on bankruptcy.


Russia has banned grain exports and US government slashed its 2010-11 global supply forecasts by around 2.5 percent from last month’s estimates, on lower than expected production from the former Soviet Union.


Fires have also blazed in neighbouring Ukraine, with the emergency services working to put out a two-hectare (five-acre) peat bog fire 60 kilometres (35 miles) from Chernobyl.


But the authorities have said the situation is under control.

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Source: SGGP

Storms and floods warning centre established in Da Nang

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Storms and floods warning centre established in Da Nang


QĐND – Monday, August 09, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

A centre for early warning and management of storms and floods was established in the central city of Da Nang on August 9 to help the city improve its early-warning capacity and minimize damages as the storm season is coming soon.


The US$ 450,000 centre, funded by the US Pacific Command, covers more than 1,000 sq.m and includes a three-storey office block.


Phung Viet Tan, Vice Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee, said Da Nang is often hit by natural disasters that cause loss of life and property. The centre will help Da Nang take more initiatives in preventing storms and floods.


US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak said this is the US Pacific Command’s third charity project in Da Nang.


He said the US will continue providing early-warning equipment to seven central provinces to ensure the centre is operating well.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

US firm supports Vietnam’s testing micro-modular data centre

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm




US firm supports Vietnam’s testing micro-modular data centre


QĐND – Thursday, July 15, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

US company Dot VN Inc. and Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct a testing micro-modular data‘ (EMS) C3-SPEAR Micro-Modular Data Centre equipment at VNNIC’s primary Internet data centre in Hanoi.


Accordingly, Dot VN and VNNIC will partner together to evaluate the performance of EMS’ data centre infrastructure technology in a trial that is expected to initially last three months.


The test is aimed at demonstrating the technology’s capabilities with the intention of building data centres in Vietnam and Asia based on EMS’ Micro-Modular Data Centre equipment.


VNNIC will be responsible for providing the technical staff who will manage the testing and operation of the data centre unit, while Dot VN will provide support to VNNIC as necessary in the implementation of the test.


“We are extremely excited about the testing that will be performed in Hanoi over the next three months,” remarked Dot VN CEO Thomas Johnson.


He continued, “EMS’ C3-SPEAR Micro-Modular Data Centre is cutting edge technology that is both mobile and highly scalable. Given that both the cost and availability of electricity in Vietnam continues to be an ongoing challenge for sustained IT growth, we believe that the C3-SPEAR’s industry leading energy efficiency is the ideal solution to overcome this issue.”


California-based Dot VN, Inc. (www.DotVN.com) provides innovative Internet and telecommunication services for Vietnam and operates and manages Vietnam’s innovative online media web property, http://www.INFO.vn.


The company now operates offices in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Hanoi to deploy electric cars in the city centre

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm




Hanoi to deploy electric cars in the city centre


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:13 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister recently agreed in principle on the Hanoi’s proposal to carry out a pilot project to deploy electric cars around HoanKiemLake and the old trading quarter to serve tourists.


In public document No 852/TTg-KTN, the Prime Minister assigned Hanoi to study the local infrastructure and traffic situation to launch the pilot project in 3 years and after 6 months operating, the city should take a review and comprehensive assessment of the project.


The Prime Minister also entrusted the Transport Ministry and Police Ministry to closely coordinate with the local authorities to successfully deploy the project.


After 3 years of the electric cars’ operation, the city and concerned bodies should value the project and submit a detailed report to the Prime Minsiter.


Source: DT/ Photo: DDDN


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Centre looks to save endangered river life

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:06 am




Centre looks to save endangered river life


QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:55 (GMT+7)

The National Breeding Centre for Freshwater Aquaculture in the Southern Region is trying to save some endemic species in the Cuu Long (Mekong) River that face the threat of extinction.


Pham Van Khanh, its director, said following research into the biology and reproduction of many freshwater fish species, the centre has innovated nearly 30 techniques to breed fishes.


It has also drawn up breeding standards for various freshwater fishes for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


The centre has developed a programme to sustain the gene pools of various species of freshwater creatures and conserved around 20 species of high-value freshwater fish, which used to be commonly brought up in the Mekong Delta.


It has developed a technology to store frozen sperm from fish like “tra co”, “ho” and carp and successfully reproduced the “ho” and “tra soc”, two endemic species in the delta that face a high risk of extinction. The centre has cooperated with several domestic and international organisations for programmes to develop freshwater aquaculture in the region.


It produces 20 – 40 million fish fries every year, including those of the ho. Besides, it has imported and domesticated three Indian fish species since 1984.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Press centre opens for ASEAN Summit

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 3:30 am

The opening of the International Press Centre for the 16th ASEAN Summit (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)

The International Press Centre (IPC) opened at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on April 5 to serve the upcoming 16th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN 16).


Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister Dao Viet Trung said that the IPC will contribute importantly to the success of the ASEAN Summit, the first in the series of events to be hosted by Vietnam as the ASEAN Chair for 2010.


The press centre has a large ballroom which can accommodate 200-300 people and is equipped with Internet-ready computers, docking stations for laptops as well as printers, landline phones and fax machines.


The centre also has a 50-seat press conference room with a simultaneous interpretation system.


Reporters can get in-depth information through press conferences and one-to-one interviews with delegates at the press centre.


More than 600 reporters have registered to cover the 16th ASEAN Summit, slated for April 8-9 in Hanoi. Half of them are from foreign news agencies, including AP, NHK, Reuters and Xinhua.

Source: SGGP

Thai protesters target Bangkok’s tourist centre

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

BANGKOK, April 3, 2010 (AFP) – Tens of thousands of red-shirted Thai protesters overran the streets of Bangkok Saturday, swarming into the capital’s tourist heartland in a renewed bid to overthrow the government.

Red shirts supporters parade during anti-government protests in Bangkok on April 3, 2010. AFP photo

Bemused foreign visitors looked on as the supporters of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra occupied a key intersection close to a clutch of five-star hotels, shopping centres and the famous Erawan Shrine.


Despite sweltering temperatures, police estimated that by late morning about 60,000 people had joined the rally, the latest in a series of demonstrations since mid-March against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.


The push into the capital’s tourist centre came a day after representatives of the hotel and leisure industries mounted their own counter-rallies urging an end to turmoil they fear is scaring away visitors.


Saturday’s protest snarled traffic and forced some shopping malls to close, but tourists caught up in the peaceful rallies seemed largely unfazed.


“I understand what they’re doing. It doesn’t scare me because I come here every year and know it won’t be serious,” said Adolf Gutounik, a 57-year-old visitor from Germany.


Thailand has been wracked in recent years by a string of protests by the Red Shirts and their rival Yellow Shirts, whose campaign in 2008 led to a crippling nine-day blockade of the country’s airports.


“I don’t think most tourists will like it when they come to Bangkok and face this,” said Selina Poh, a 30-year-old from Singapore.


But she added: “I’m not scared of them. I have no idea what is red and what is yellow. I want to visit places in Bangkok.”


The military has mounted a heavy security response involving 50,000 personnel for the protests.


Police were trying to negotiate with protesters to ease traffic gridlock.


“The longer they close the road the more it will dissatisfy people and businesses,” said government spokesman Panitan Wattanaygorn.


The Reds oppose the coup that toppled Thaksin in 2006 and say Abhisit’s government is undemocratic because it took office through a parliamentary vote after a court stripped Thaksin’s allies of power.


Oxford-educated Abhisit has offered to hold elections a year early, at the end of 2010. But the Red Shirts, who accuse the government of being elitist and army-backed, want polls called immediately.


“Our patience is running out, but because of our patriotism we must adhere to non-violence,” said Red Shirts leader Jatuporn Prompan.


The Reds said in the run-up to Saturday’s demonstration that it would be the biggest since the rallies began with more than 100,000 protesters on March 14.


Authorities, however, expected fewer rural Reds to attend the gatherings as the Songkran water festival, which celebrates the traditional Thai new year, approaches on April 13-15.


But Nat Jantakat, a 38-year-old lychee farmer from the north, vowed to keep up the fight, making light of the 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit) temperature.


“I’ve been here since the first day and I’ll be here until we achieve democracy. I don’t mind about Songkran. We have this festival every year… but democracy can’t wait.”


The Reds have staged a series of dramatic stunts to press their demands, including throwing their own blood at Abhisit’s offices.


Hailing mainly from the rural poor north, they seek the return of twice-elected Thaksin, a former telecoms tycoon who lives abroad to avoid a jail term for graft at home.


The Reds rioted in Bangkok in April last year, leaving two dead and scores injured.


While their recent protests have been peaceful, a series of small explosions have hit politically significant sites and army buildings, injuring more than a dozen people.

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Source: SGGP