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Copy of giant poetry book presented to UNESCO

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 6:57 am

Giant fish caught in Mekong River

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

Japanese-born giant panda has second pair of twins

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

TOKYO, Aug 12, 2010 (AFP) – A giant panda born and raised in western Japan has given birth to two cubs, her second twin delivery, a zoo official said Thursday.


Nine-year-old Rauhin gave birth to a female and a male cub Wednesday morning at the zoo in western Wakayama prefecture — where she has spent her whole life — after mating naturally with a panda brought from China.

In a picture released by Japanese animal theme park Adventure World and received through Jiji Press on August 12, 2010 shows the twin babies of the giant panda. AFP

Rauhin was the first Japanese-born panda to breed when she gave birth to twin cubs in 2008.


Her caretakers at the zoo conducted artificial insemination to improve Rauhin’s chances of breeding two years ago, but the new babies were born as the result of natural mating with the Chinese male panda, the zoo said.


“The two pandas go together very well,” Tadashi Ishikawa, a spokesman for Adventure World, told AFP.


“Giant pandas usually have a mating season only about three days a year, which makes it very difficult for them to breed,” he said.


“But the environment here seems to be good for our pandas.”


Captive giant pandas are known for their low sex drive, which is exacerbating falling numbers as their natural habitat in southwestern China is encroached on by development.


There are currently 10 giant pandas in Japan, eight of which are at Adventure World, but they all belong to China including Japanese-born Rauhin.


China is to send another pair to Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo for a giant price tag of almost a million dollars a year, to be paid for the next decade.


The money will be spent on wild animal protection in China.


An extension of the lease can be negotiated, and the Tokyo zoo can keep babies born to the pair for the first two years, although China retains their ownership.


Ling Ling, the last panda owned by Japan, died of heart failure in 2008 at the age of 22 — the equivalent of 70 human years.

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Giant manioc unearthed in Khanh Hoa Province

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

BA, Iberia sign merger deal to create global giant

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 11:59 am

LONDON (AFP) – British Airways and Spanish flag carrier Iberia on Thursday announced a merger deal to create one of the world’s biggest airlines to compete more effectively in the fast-consolidating aviation sector.


The tie-up would create Europe’s second-biggest airline by market capitalisation after Lufthansa, combining Iberia’s strong position in Latin America with BA’s presence in Africa, Asia and North America.

British Airways and Spanish flag carrier (AFP file) Iberia announced a merger deal to create one of the world’s biggest airlines to compete more effectively in the fast-consolidating aviation sector.

“British Airways and Iberia have today taken a further step towards creating a new leading European airline group by signing their merger agreement,” the two loss-making airlines said in a joint statement.


“The new company will be one of the world’s largest airline groups with 408 aircraft flying to 200 destinations and carrying more than 58 million passengers per year.


“It has been structured so that it can take advantage of further consolidation in the global aviation industry,” they said, adding that it would benefit both airlines’ customers, employees and shareholders.


The landmark deal would create annual savings of around 400 million euros (533 million dollars) by the fifth year of the deal.


The tie-up, which requires regulatory and shareholder approvals, is expected to be completed by late 2010 and follows a preliminary accord in November.


“The merged company will provide customers with a larger combined network,” said BA chief executive Willie Walsh.


“It will also have greater potential for further growth by optimising the dual hubs of London and Madrid and provide combined investment in new products and services.”


Iberia chairman Antonio Vasquez also hailed the deal as a major step forward, as both airlines seek to avoid being sidelined by rivals Air France-KLM and Lufthansa.


“This is an important step in the process towards creating one of the world’s leading global airlines that will be better equipped to compete with other major airlines and participate in future industry consolidation,” Vasquez said.


Under the agreement, BA and Iberia will be grouped under a new holding company, known as International Airlines Group, which will be quoted on stock exchanges in London and Madrid.


However, both airlines will retain their current operations and individual brands.


Iberia will keep the right to terminate the merger deal if BA’s pension recovery plan is deemed to be “materially detrimental to the ecomomic premises of the merger.”


The BA-Iberia merger comes as the global downturn and the rise of low-cost airlines drives airline alliances and steep cost cutting.


Both groups have suffered steep losses as the global recession slammed the brakes on demand for air travel.


At the same time, BA has faced industrial action from cabin crew over its cost-cutting plans that are aimed at stemming losses.


The pair had signed a preliminary deal last November after lengthy negotiations — but Iberia said at the time it would back out of the agreement if BA’s giant pension deficit problem were not resolved.


Under the initial agreement set out in November, BA will own 56 percent of the new company while Iberia will hold 44 percent. Walsh would retain his position as chief executive, while Iberia would secure the chairmanship.


In addition, the new company would be headquartered in Madrid, but its operational base would be in London.


Rival groups had reacted in anger to the deal, with Ryanair comparing the merger to “two drunks trying to prop each other up.”


Virgin Atlantic, meanwhile, had argued that it will increase BA’s dominance at London’s Heathrow airport.


News of the BA-Iberia merger comes after US media reported late Tuesday that United Airlines and US Airways were in merger talks that could lead to the creation of one of the world’s largest airlines.

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Giant blanket of solidarity to be made

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm




Giant blanket of solidarity to be made


QĐND – Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

PANO – Two giant woolen blankets, one made in France and the other in Vietnam, will be attached to each other in October on the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, said Ms. Anna Owhadi-Richardson, the chairwoman of the Da Lat’s Friends’ Assocation Following Yersin’s Footsteps (AD@IY).


This will be the biggest woolen blanket of the world at present. Thousands of 20cmx20cm colorful woolen pieces will be used to make these two giant blankets.  


Anna said, the blanket is not only meaningful for its huge size but demonstrates the friendship between France and Vietnam in general and between people of Montpellier City and Da Lat City and with the capital of Hanoi in particular.


Also, the blanket is seen as a gift to Agent Orange victims of Vietnam. Making it also created some fun for retired elderly people in Montpellier and at the same time helped raise awareness of environmental protection and prevent crimes against nature and people, such as the Agent Orange disaster.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Giant blanket of solidarity to be made

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm




Giant blanket of solidarity to be made


QĐND – Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

PANO – Two giant woolen blankets, one made in France and the other in Vietnam, will be attached to each other in October on the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, said Ms. Anna Owhadi-Richardson, the chairwoman of the Da Lat’s Friends’ Assocation Following Yersin’s Footsteps (AD@IY).


This will be the biggest woolen blanket of the world at present. Thousands of 20cmx20cm colorful woolen pieces will be used to make these two giant blankets.  


Anna said, the blanket is not only meaningful for its huge size but demonstrates the friendship between France and Vietnam in general and between people of Montpellier City and Da Lat City and with the capital of Hanoi in particular.


Also, the blanket is seen as a gift to Agent Orange victims of Vietnam. Making it also created some fun for retired elderly people in Montpellier and at the same time helped raise awareness of environmental protection and prevent crimes against nature and people, such as the Agent Orange disaster.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Building open-cast tomb for giant whale

In Politics-Society on March 8, 2010 at 2:36 am




Building open-cast tomb for giant whale


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

A solemn burial ceremony for a 16-ton whale was held on March 4 in Vinh Thinh commune, Bac Lieu province.


Province officials and thousands of people attended the burial, that largest of its kind in Vietnam and organized at the request of local residents.


The open-air tomb for the giant whale is over 17 meters long, over 7 meters wide and covered by 10 millimeter-thick glass. The total cost was more than 200 million dong (around $10,000), contributed by local fishermen.


This will be a temple for the whale and also a tourist site.


The body of the 16-tonne whale was discovered on the beach of Bac Lieu on February 21. Local fishermen believe that the whale is a holy animal.


Source: VNN


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Giant iceberg off Australia breaking up

In World on December 15, 2009 at 5:35 am

A massive iceberg edging slowly toward Australia’s southwestern coast is breaking up into hundreds of smaller icebergs as it drifts into warmer waters, creating potentially hazardous conditions for ships trying to navigate the region, a scientist said Tuesday.


The iceberg, known as B17B, was spotted last week on satellite imaging about 1,100 miles (1,700 kilometers) off Western Australia state, prompting Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology to issue a shipping alert.








This image provided by Australian Antarctic Division shows a satellite view of the giant iceberg, fourth from right, named B17B which is moving towards Western Australia, according to a Tasmanian scientist.

Since then, it has shrunk from 54 square miles (140 square kilometers) to 44 square miles (115 square kilometers), or around 11 miles (18 kilometers) long and 5 miles (8 kilometers) wide, said glaciologist Neal Young of the Australian Antarctic Division.


The iceberg has broken up into hundreds of smaller icebergs, some up to several miles (kilometers) wide, and spread over more than 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) of ocean, he said.


“I expect it to dissipate,” Young said. But exactly when, he added, is anyone’s guess.


The iceberg is one of several that split off in Antarctica in 2000 when parts of two major ice shelves — the Ross Sea Ice Shelf and Ronne Ice Shelf — fractured.


New Zealand issued a shipping alert last month after authorities spotted a flotilla of icebergs heading toward South Island. Those icebergs have since moved east, away from New Zealand.


Icebergs are routinely sloughed off as part of the natural development of ice shelves.


B17B is expected to continue moving east.


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Giant oil spill in Alaska likely caused by ice

In World on December 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Officials believe that ice plugged up a pipeline and likely caused a rupture that sent 46,000 gallons of crude oil and water gushing onto snow-covered tundra on Alaska’s North Slope late last month.


The spill is one of the worst by volume since the March 2006 spill of 200,000 gallons of crude at Prudhoe Bay, the biggest spill ever on the North Slope, according to Department of Environmental Conservation figures.


BP spokesman Steve Rinehart said Wednesday that an ice buildup is likely to blame in the Nov. 29 spill, leading to an increase in pressure that caused the 18-inch diameter pipe to rupture.








In this Dec. 7, 2009 picture provided by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, crews use steamer equipment to melt contaminated material for collection with a vacuum rig

Oil and water sprayed out of a 2-foot lengthwise rupture along the bottom of the pipe. Up to three-quarters of an acre of tundra was affected. Most of the oil and water congealed in a large pile under the pipe.


“There is a lot of material on the ground,” said Tom DeRuyter, the on-scene spill coordinator for the Alaska Department of Conservation.


The pipeline normally carried 75 percent water and 25 percent oil, as well as gas, to a processing center at the Lisburne oil field. It is not known what the percentages were when the line ruptured, Rinehart said.


Responders were using a variety of methods to clean up the spill. Methods include applying steam to loosen the congealed material and vacuum it up. Equipment also was brought in to scoop up the oil and frozen water and transport it to an area where it will be melted, separated and measured.


“That mechanical cleanup has proven to be pretty effective,” Rinehart said.


The ruptured pipeline, which is about 5 feet above the ground, is not affecting production from the Prudhoe Bay oil field, North America’s largest oil


Rinehart said the definitive reason for the most recent spill won’t be known until an investigation is completed.


BP is currently on probation for the 2006 spill after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor conviction and paying $20 million in fines and restitution. That spill was blamed on corrosion in a pipeline.


Rinehart said several weeks before the rupture the line was shut down because of restricted flowAnother larger pipeline adjacent to the pipe was handling the extra volume.


Rinehart said the paired pipelines were each equipped with individual temperature sensors near where the lines enter the processing center. He said he did not know if the sensors indicated there was a problem. A BP employee discovered the rupture in the line during a routine early morning inspection.


The line was last inspected in 2008 and found to be serviceable, he said.


After the rupture, the pipe was X-rayed and it was determined that there was approximately 1,300 feet between two large “ice plugs,” as the buildups are called. Engineers were considering methods for melting the plugs when it split. Those methods include applying heat, or introducing deicer and warm crude into the line.


Rinehart said ice plugs can form in pipelines and occasionally are a problem, even sometimes ending in a rupture.


“They are a feature of operating in the Arctic,” he said. “You try not to have them happen. When they do, you deal with them.”


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