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Party commission doles out punishment on violations

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm




Party commission doles out punishment on violations


QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

Several Party organisations and members will be punished for serious violations of the Party rules, said the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Commission for Inspection.


In an announcement made on July 5 after the commission’s 32 nd session that took place from June 21 to July 3, the commission said that it had looked into 45 cases and found out violations by two local party organisations and six party members.


The standing board of the Yen Bai provincial Party Committee and the Party delegation at the Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee have shown their weak leadership and failed to promptly address outstanding problems in their areas and local party members’ violations, said the announcement.


The inspection commission requests that the two party organisations strictly rebuke the violating units and individuals.


As for individual violations, much noteworthy are the cases of Nguyen Truong To, Vice Secretary of the Ha Giang provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the Ha Giang provincial People’s Committee, and Pham Thanh Binh, Secretary of the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (VINASHIN)’s Party Committee and Chairman of the VINASHIN Management Board.


The commission said To has made serious violations in terms of morality and lifestyle that caused discontent in the party and society since 2005.


It asked the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat to strip To of all his Party status and requested authorised agencies to dismiss him of his People’s Council membership as well as the chairmanship of the provincial People’s Committee.


As for Pham Thanh Binh, the commission concluded that his wrongdoings called for disciplinary actions as he had been irresponsible in the mobilisation, management and use of the state capital, pushing VINASHIN to the brink of bankruptcy. It decided to start the process of criticizing and punishing towards Binh.


At the same time, the commission asked the government to inquire into the responsibility of related ministries and agencies for VINASHIN’s violations.


The commission also imposed punishment in the form of warning to a Bac Lieu provincial Party Committee member and asked authorised authorities to serve warning to this official, in his capacity as chairman of the Bac Lieu provincial People’s Committee, for his violations of financial management rules and the principle of centralised democracy.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Obama forms commission to probe oil spill

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

An independent presidential commission has been set up to probe the huge oil spill from a wrecked BP-leased rig in the Gulf of Mexico, US President Barack Obama said Saturday.


The main task of the bipartisan body, formed by an executive order, is to provide recommendations on how the oil industry can prevent — and mitigate the impact of — any future spills that result from offshore drilling.


“Now, this catastrophe is unprecedented in its nature, and it presents a host of new challenges we are working to address,” Obama said in his weekly radio address as he announced the formation of the commission.


“But the question is what lessons we can learn from this disaster to make sure it never happens again.”


Two-term Florida governor and former senator Bob Graham, a Democrat, and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency William Reilly, a Republican, will serve as co-chairmen of the seven-member body, Obama said.


“I can’t think of two people who will bring greater experience or better judgment to the task at hand,” the president pointed out.


He said he will appoint the remaining five members of the panel in coming days. It will include scientists, engineers, and environmental advocates, but no sitting government employees or elected officials.


Even at the lowest estimates, more than six million gallons of crude have flowed into the water since the on April 20 explosion that heavily damaged a Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by energy giant BP in the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 people.


Obama said his administration had deployed over 1,100 vessels, about 24,000 personnel and more than two million feet of protective boom to help contain the spill.


“And we’re doing all we can to assist struggling fishermen, and the small businesses and communities that depend on them,” he noted.


The environmental disaster has prompted calls for a halt in offshore drilling.


But Obama all but brushed off this option, saying he had promised to put the country on the path to energy independence and has “not wavered from that commitment,” despite the giant spill.


“Because it represents 30 percent of our oil production, the Gulf of Mexico can play an important part in securing our energy future,” the president said.


“But we can only pursue offshore oil drilling if we have assurances that a disaster like the BP oil spill will not happen again. This commission will, I hope, help provide those assurances so we can continue to seek a secure energy future for the United States of America.”


The commission will supplement existing government inquiries into the disaster sparked by an explosion aboard a drilling rig last month.


Earlier this month, Obama ratcheted up criticism of BP over the spills, betraying more and more frustration over the company’s failure to stop the leak.


A week ago, a visibly angered president hit out at oil companies for trying to avoid blame over a massive slick, and vowed an all-out effort to stop the leak pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.


He slammed the three oil companies linked to the Deepwater Horizon rig — BP, Transocean and Halliburton — for seeking to pass the blame, denouncing what he called a “ridiculous spectacle” by their top officials during congressional hearings.


He also accused oil companies of enjoying a “cozy relationship” with federal agencies set up to monitor the energy sector.


The president reiterated his criticism Saturday, saying the disaster “was a breakdown of responsibility on the part of BP and perhaps others, including Transocean and Halliburton.”


He promised the government “we will continue to hold the relevant companies accountable not only for being forthcoming and transparent about the facts surrounding the leak, but for shutting it down, repairing the damage it does, and repaying Americans who’ve suffered a financial loss.”


The commission has been asked to issue its recommendations within six months.


 

Source: SGGP

Spain does not need financial bailout: EU Commission

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

BRUSSELS, May 5, 2010 (AFP) – Spain does not need the kind of financial bailout package which has been offered to Greece, the EU’s Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said on Wednesday, damping down market expectations.


“There is no need to propose financial assistance,” for Madrid, Rehn told reporters as he unveiled the commission’s new economic forecasts for 2010 and 2011.


“No, we’ll not do it,” he added, in when asked whether the eurozone would be forced to put together the kind of multi-billion euro loan rescue package it is organising for Greece, which is under pressure massively to reduce its deficit and pay down its loans.


Rehn criticised the fierce market speculation which has put Greece in its cross hairs and is seen turning its attention to Spain and Portugal where deficit are also running uncomfortably high.


“There’s no limit to the speculation,” he complained.


The rumours swirled around the markets on Tuesday, many suggesting that Spain was on the point of turning cap in hand to its EU partners or the IMF, provoking a sharp falls on European stock markets.

PAME union members block the entrance to a ferry in the port of Piraeus in Greece due to a 24-hours strike on May 5, 2010. AFP photo

 

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Source: SGGP

Mekong River Commission vows to boost cooperation, ecological balance

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm




Mekong River Commission vows to boost cooperation, ecological balance


QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) members issued a joint declaration at the end of the first MRC Summit held in Hua Hin , Thailand on April 5, pledging enhanced cooperation in a bid to protect the Mekong River ‘s natural ecosystems and ecological balance.


“Further cooperation over the coming years between the governments of member countries will be required to optimise multiple-use of water resources and mutual benefits for all riparians, to avoid any harmful effect that might result from natural occurrences and man-made activities and to protect the immense value of natural ecosystems and ecological balance”, the declaration said.


The declaration acknowledged the progress made to extend cooperation between the MRC and international, regional and local partners including MRC’s Dialogue Partners, namely China and Myanmar as well as its Development Partners.


Action plans are essential for the member countries to implement in order to reduce the loss of life and assets at risk from flooding and loss of livelihoods from drought conditions — the critical emerging challenges, the declaration stressed.


The declaration guarantees that MRC member countries will cooperate to ensure effective management of water for agricultural production, particularly as part of drought management strategies, and focus on researching and addressing the threat to livelihood posed by climate change and cooperating with other regional partners in addressing haze pollution.


Among MRC’s top priorities are intensified efforts to effectively reduce the risks from flood, drought, and sea level rise, including the establishment of forecast and warning systems, it said.


MRC, which includes Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, agreed to hold its summit every four years.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND

ASEAN commission on women’s rights to debut

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

A committee tasked with protecting women and children will make its official debut in Hanoi within the framework of the third conference of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) slated for April 7.

5 -grade pupils study Vietnamese language at Nguyen Van Troi junior school in district 4, Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Mai hai)

At a press conference in Hanoi on April 5, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam, who is also Head of the Vietnamese delegation to the ASCC, said that the establishment of the Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children is one of Vietnam’s initiatives as ASCC chair in 2010.


At the conference, Vietnam and member countries of the council will propose priorities to develop social welfare for women and children who make up more than 50 percent of the ASEAN population, said Mr. Dam. They will discuss ways to cope with global challenges so as to enhance cooperation within the bloc in facing global and regional climate change and fully implementing agreements on natural disaster management and emergency response.


The conference will also discuss building human resources for economic recovery and development with the aim of reducing job loss, poverty and inequality due to the impact of economic crisis and enhancing the capability and the competitiveness of ASEAN nations’ human resources so as to adapt to labour immigration in the region and technological advances.


It will focus on assessing the implementation of the ASCC master scheme that was approved at the 14th ASEAN conference, which took place in Thailand last year.


The master scheme includes the development of individual human potential, social welfare and protection, social justice, ensuring sustainable protection of the environment and building the ASEAN character.

Source: SGGP

ASEAN commission on women’s rights to debut

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

A committee tasked with protecting women and children will make its official debut in Hanoi within the framework of the third conference of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) slated for April 7.

5 -grade pupils study Vietnamese language at Nguyen Van Troi junior school in district 4, Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Mai hai)

At a press conference in Hanoi on April 5, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam, who is also Head of the Vietnamese delegation to the ASCC, said that the establishment of the Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children is one of Vietnam’s initiatives as ASCC chair in 2010.


At the conference, Vietnam and member countries of the council will propose priorities to develop social welfare for women and children who make up more than 50 percent of the ASEAN population, said Mr. Dam. They will discuss ways to cope with global challenges so as to enhance cooperation within the bloc in facing global and regional climate change and fully implementing agreements on natural disaster management and emergency response.


The conference will also discuss building human resources for economic recovery and development with the aim of reducing job loss, poverty and inequality due to the impact of economic crisis and enhancing the capability and the competitiveness of ASEAN nations’ human resources so as to adapt to labour immigration in the region and technological advances.


It will focus on assessing the implementation of the ASCC master scheme that was approved at the 14th ASEAN conference, which took place in Thailand last year.


The master scheme includes the development of individual human potential, social welfare and protection, social justice, ensuring sustainable protection of the environment and building the ASEAN character.

Source: SGGP