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Protectionism is world economy’s key ‘danger’: Merkel

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

Binh Thuan dragon fruit in danger of crop losses

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

Thousands hectares of dragon fruit crops in the southern province of Binh Thuan are in danger of failure, as the prolonged drought has led to severe shortages of irrigation water.

A dragon fruit field in Binh Thuan Province

Ham Thuan Nam, one of districts with largest acreage of the fruit, has seen the water level of the Tan Lap and Ba Bau lakes deplete, which has led to the destruction of the valuable crop.

A kilogram of dragon fruit fetches VND10,000-12,000, profiting farmers VND7-8 million per 1,000 square meters of field. The price has tripled since last year.

Binh Thuan, known as the dragon fruit “capital” of Vietnam, grows over 10,000 hectares of fields, which yield 200,000 tons a year.

Source: SGGP

‘Euro not in danger’: French minister

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 9:14 am

Photo: AFP

PARIS, May 21, 2010 (AFP) – The euro is not in danger, with eurozone member states determined to defend the currency at any cost, French Budget Minister Francois Baroin said on Friday amid deep strains on financial markets.

“The euro is not in danger because there is a real determination on the part of the eurozone countries” to defend the currency, Baroin said.

The 16 eurozone members are “very determined that we will not return to the previous situation,” he said, referring to the time when states could devalue their currencies to help their economies but at the cost of lower living standards.

Asked about continued instability on the financial markets where the euro has been under intense pressure, Baroin said Europe would not abandon the single currency.

“We will do whatever it takes to save the (unit) because it belongs to us all, it is our economic tool, our tool for development, because it is the future as far as employment is concerned,” he said.

The euro and stock markets have been rocked by concerns a eurozone debt crisis sparked by massive debt and budget deficits in Greece could spread to other member states and so short circuit a tentative economic recovery.

Source: SGGP

City’s important historical site in danger of falling into oblivion

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

While the Cu Chi Tunnels has long been one of hottest attractions for both local and international tourists, another historical underground site, the Phu Tho Hoa Tunnels, has not achieved popularity among the people of Ho Chi Minh City.

                              Phu Tho Hoa Tunnel

Located at 139 Phu Tho Hoa Street in the Tan Phu District, the tunnel was built in 1947 and is more than one km long.

There, army troops concealed themselves during the nation’s two resistance wars against the French and the Americans.

The tunnel was recognized as a “National historical site” by the Ministry of Culture and Information (former name of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism) in 1996.

Now, however, the important historical site has been all but deserted. Rarely, meetings of veterans have been organized at the site, and sometimes schools in the district take students there on field trips, in the hopes imparting knowledge of revolutionary traditions to the younger generation.

“The tunnel with very few scattered objects has been damaged by the weather and time,” said Mr. Ngo Van Chung, head of Tan Phu District’s traditional department.

Municipal and local authorities should focus on commemorating the memories of martyrs of the revolutionary period, building steel reinforcements in order to display for future generations, how these tunnels functioned.

In addition to restoring and preserving the Phu Tho Hoa Tunnel, efforts must be made in advertising, to bring sufficient attention to the tunnel, so that the cultural historical site may become a destination for future visitors, as well as upcoming generations of Vietnamese people.


Source: SGGP

Mekong Delta groundwater in grave danger

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:30 am

Uncontrolled exploitation of groundwater in Mekong Delta provinces is putting the vital resources at risk of complete depletion, experts warn.

More than 400,000 wells and hundreds of water supply stations now exploit huge amounts of underground water in the delta.

Currently, Ca Mau Province leads the extraction of groundwater with about 138,000 wells and a total capacity of 400,000 cubic meters per day.

Most urban areas in the provinces of Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau use the water for both daily living activities and farming production.

In Bac Lieu, farmers tap underground freshwater supplies to irrigate crops. People in some coastal areas also use the groundwater for farming and aquaculture activities.

Recently, UNICEF helped utilize fresh groundwater to help rural residents, especially children.

The main problem is that the use of groundwater is unregulated and out of control. Most wells are drilled by local residents themselves, with little thought given to the consequences of such rampant exploitation.

A resident in the Mekong Delta’s Ca Mau Province extracts underground water. The rampant exploitation of underground aquifers in the region has put the limited resource in great jeopardy. (Photo: SGGP)

Currently, Ca Mau has no other freshwater sources other than rainwater. Bac Lieu and Soc Trang, meanwhile, see over half their land affected by seawater.

In Kien Giang, Tra Vinh, Ben Tre and Long An, the amount of available freshwater in rivers and lakes is not enough to meet the needs of daily living and agricultural production.

Nguyen Huu Cam, head of the Water Resources and Mineral Department under Ca Mau Province Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said: “Previously, there was a project to bring freshwater to Ca Mau from Hau Giang but it failed.”

Therefore, he said, underground water is now essential to the province’s socioeconomic development. Seafood factories have great demand for water, with each ton of product requiring 40-50 cubic meters.

Mr. Cam also noted, however, that as a result of such seafood production, huge amounts of harmful waste are regularly discharged into the environment.

Water levels dropping sharply      

The level of underground aquifers in Mekong Delta areas has dropped by 12-15 meters, Dr. Duong Van Vien of the Irrigation University, warned.

“If no urgent measures are taken, the level in many provinces will be completely depleted by 2014,” Dr. Vien said.

Meanwhile, there are no specific regulations on protecting the underground aquifers, only advice and warnings from scientists.
Underground water is not an unlimited natural resource, so it is imperative to protect it, especially in the time of global climate change, experts said.

Scientists are now calling on agencies to review and assess the Delta’s underground aquifers and outline effective solutions to improve management of the resources.

Appropriate, scientific plans for exploitation of the water must be put in place to stop the decline of underground aquifers and the sinking of soil layers, scientists said.

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