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Stocks march south

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

Movements of VN-Index on October 27. (Photo: vietstock.vn)The VN-Index, a measure of 266 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, erased previous gains on October 27 as investors dumped shares on speculation that stocks would make corrections the next days.

The benchmark tumbled 1.12 percent, or 5.11 points, to close at 450.01 points.


Liquidity on the city bourse declined by 20 percent over the previous trading session as just 28.5 million shares changed hands at VND720.5 billion.


On the index, 43 stocks advanced, 183 dropped, while 45 treaded water.


Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), one of the top listed lenders, took the spot of most active share in volume with 1.75 million shares changing hands.


Sugar producer Société De Bourbon Tay Ninh (SBT) followed with 1.1 million shares, tagged along by Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) with 992,490 shares.


Khanh Hoa Power Joint Stock Company (KHP) gave up 6.14 percent to VND10,700. The company will pay dividends for the first term of this year in cash at a ratio of 5 percent to its current shareholders on November 11.


The newly listed Dam Sen Water Park Corporation (DSN), Hoang Quan Consulting – Trading – Service Real Estate Corporation (HQC), and VIET NAM ACTIVE FUND (VFMVFA) all contracted 5 percent to VND22,800, VND32,300, and VND7,600 respectively.


North Kinh Do Food Joint Stock Company (NKD) advanced 4.94 percent to VND42,500.


Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Corporation (DCL) increased the first time in six days, gaining 4.91 percent to VND40,600.


Tan Tien Plastic Packaging Joint Stock Company (TTP) reversed a previous loss of 4.38 percent, climbing 4.9 percent to trade at VND32,100.


The northern bourse also finished in red as the Hanoi’s HNX-Index collapsed 2.38 points, or 2.07 percent, to 112.53 points. Trading volume fell by 30 percent over the previous day to around 24.1 million shares traded at VND487.9 billion.


The UPCoM-Index sliced 0.6 points to 42.38 points as of 11:10 am local time. A total of 95,250 shares changed hands at VND0.95 billion.

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Clashes as workers across the world march on May Day

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

Hundreds of thousands of people joined May Day marches across the world, as police and protestors clashed in debt-riven Greece and a bomb killed a World War II veteran in Russia.


In Athens several dozen youths, some armed with sticks, charged a line of anti-riot forces, prompting police to respond with tear gas as thousands of protestors swarmed the city to protest budget cuts forced by the debt crisis.


Police said about 15,000 people joined the Athens marches to vent anger at deep budget cuts which will hit public sector workers particularly hard.


“It’s the biggest attack on workers for centuries. They want to return us to the nineteenth century,” said one protestor, printer Ericos Finalis.

Demonstrators clash with police during a massive demonstration to protest against austerity measures and marking May Day in Athens.

In the northern city of Thessaloniki, police also fired tear gas at youths who attacked banks and businesses using iron bars during a protest that police said drew about 5,000 people.


In the United States tens of thousands of protesters marched through Los Angeles in a peaceful May Day rally against a tough new immigration law in Arizona that has triggered a nationwide outcry.


An estimated 60,000 marchers turned downtown Los Angeles into a sea of red, white and blue, waving Stars and Stripes flags and demanding the repeal of the Arizona legislation and calling for federal immigration reform.


Pop star Gloria Estefan and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were among speakers who addressed marchers. “We need to write laws that appeal to our better angels,” Villaraigosa told the crowd.


Other marchers waved banners with slogans such as “Shame On Arizona,” and “All Men Are Created Equal.”


The protest was one of more than 70 held across the United States as Hispanic organizations mobilized against Arizona’s law.


There were also clashes at a May Day march in the Chinese gambling mecca of Macau which injured 41 people, including two journalists and 32 policemen, the gambling hub’s government said Sunday.


Riot police in Macau used water cannon and pepper spray in Saturday’s clashes with hundreds of protesters who fought with stones and bottles.


The fighting erupted after protesters tried to force their way through police barricades to march along a main road where Macau’s main casinos and tourist attractions are located.


About 1,000 people joined the demonstration to demand job protection and action against illegal workers, Hong Kong’s RTHK radio said.


Tens of thousands filled a central square in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul for the first May Day celebrations at the site after dozens were killed there 33 years ago.


Waving colourful flags, the crowds marched into Taksim square, the hub of the sprawling city, and chanted: “Shoulder to shoulder against fascists.”


The square had been declared off-limits since the bloodshed during a May Day rally there in 1977 when gunmen, believed to be far-right militants aided by members of the intelligence services, fired on a crowd, triggering mass panic.


In Russia, diehard Communists hoisted red flags and portraits of wartime leader Joseph Stalin in a throw-back to Soviet-era parades and joining unionists to bemoan the economic crisis and call for a return to communism.

An event in the country’s restive North Caucasus region of Kabardino Balkaria was marred by a bomb blast that killed a 94-year-old veteran of World War II and injured nearly two dozen other people, according to news agencies.

May Day rallies also drew hundreds of thousands of people in several French cities although the turnout disappointed unions who had called for a massive show of force against pension reform.

In Ukraine, thousands chanted slogans such as “Socialism is our future”, and in Serbia activists warned about the “worsening situation for workers” while in Romania opposition supporters in red shirts and caps targeted the government.

German police rounded up about 50 leftists overnight for various incidents in the lead up to May Day.

In Portugal, another heavily indebted euro area country, union leaders warned the government that “a tough budgetary policy imposed blindly could lead to disaster,” said Manuel Carvalho da Silva, head of the country’s main CGTP union and close to the Communist Party, who said 90,000 people marched on May Day.

In Cuba, President Raul Castro presided over a May Day march staged as a show of unity in the face of what his government charges is a US and European-backed campaign to destroy the Cuban revolution.

The United States was meanwhile braced for demonstrations in more than 70 cities with the largest rally expected in Los Angeles to protest at a tough new immigration law in Arizona that has triggered an outcry from rights groups.

Organizer Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association, said the Arizona law “only gives working people, immigrants, youth, women, trade unionists and their sympathizers more reason to march.”

In Hong Kong, several thousand protestors marched through the streets to demand a minimum wage of 33 dollars (4.20 US) per hour and better job protection.

Thousands marched through the Indonesian capital Jakarta demanding better social security and shouting “Today we unite” and “Stop oppression now.” Some 15,000 security personnel stood guard, using water canon to suppress a scuffle near the palace.

The Indonesian social security system only covered about 25 percent of workers, Indonesian Workers Association head Saepul Tavip told AFP.

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Hundreds of thousands march to mark Cuba’s May Day

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:30 am

Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through the sprawling, concrete expanses of Revolution Plaza on Saturday in annual May Day celebrations that the government said prove the island supports its communist system even amid mounting international criticism over human rights.


The turnout has long been massive for International Workers’ Day, but this year officials assigned the event special meaning, saying it was Cuba’s response to Washington, the European Union and international journalists who have conspired to tarnish its reputation after the February death of a jailed dissident hunger striker and a protest by another opposition activist who has refused food for weeks.

People march to commemorate Labor Day near Revolution Plaza in Havana, Saturday, May 1, 2010.

Pro-government crowds dispatched in well-organized shifts also blocked a small, weekly march by a women’s group supporting political prisoners for three weeks running in Havana.


But there was no sign of discontent among the islanders who thronged the plaza, with lead demonstrators carrying a giant banner reading “Unified in Duty.”


It was “the most energetic and firm response to those who, from the centers of power in the United States and the European Union, backed by tiny mercenary groups, try to discredit us with false slanders,” said Salvador Valdes Mesa, secretary-general of the nearly 3 million-strong Cuban Workers Confederation.


Some marchers sang, others waved cardboard signs declaring “We are the people of Fidel and Raul” or decrying the United States. A few screamed “Long Live Fidel!” until they lost their voices.


Wearing a straw hat and white dress shirt, President Raul Castro grinned and waved from a high wooden podium as marchers streamed past.


His older brother Fidel has not been seen in public since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery nearly four years ago and it was no surprise he didn’t show, though organizers used loudspeakers to blast past recordings of his voice. He also failed to issue a written statement in the pre-dawn hours before this year’s march, as he had done the three previous May Days.


Officials at government schools, offices and factories that employ that vast majority of Cuban workers strongly urge everyone to attend the yearly rallies and organize transportation.


The march was over in barely two hours, far less time than it used to take Fidel Castro to get through one of his May Day speeches of years past.


This time only Valdes spoke, urging Cubans to be more productive despite average state salaries worth only about $20 per month. He struck a somber tone, warning that Cuba would have to “confront realities” economically that could make life even tougher for many who are already grindingly poor.


The government dismisses the island’s small political opposition community as paid mercenaries of Washington, and Valdes denunciation likely referenced the Damas de Blanco, or Women in White, wives and mothers of 75 community organizers, independent journalists and political activists who were imprisoned during a sweeping government crackdown on dissent in March 2003. Fifty-three remain behind bars.


Nearly every Sunday for seven years, the women dressed in white and marched — usually without incident — along leafy Fifth Avenue in Havana’s swank Miramar district, far from the Revolution Plaza area.


But counter-protesters and international media appeared in March, when the group held a week of demonstrations in other parts of the city. Officials and counter-demonstrators have blocked their last three demonstrations.


Special attention has been focused on human rights in Cuba since the Feb. 23 death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, the first island opposition figure to die after a hunger strike in nearly 40 years, sparking outcry in the U.S. and Europe.


Another dissident, Guillermo Farinas is not in prison but says he will keep refusing food and water until he dies — though he has received nutrients intravenously at a hospital near his home in the central city of Santa Clara.

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Clijsters and Kuznetsova march on in Melbourne

In Vietnam Sports on January 21, 2010 at 12:57 am








Kim Clijsters hits a return against Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand in their women’s singles second round match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20 (AFP photo)

MELBOURNE, Jan 20, 2010 (AFP) – Kim Clijsters showed nerves of steel on Wednesday to come through a tough test and make the Australian Open third round alongside Svetlana Kuznetsova.


Other top names also showed their mettle, including Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka and Li Na, who all made the second round as organisers cleared rain-delayed matches held over from Tuesday.


Clijsters only conceded four games against her first round oppenent but she was given a more thorough examination by Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn.


The 26-year-old Belgian, who won the lead-up Brisbane International, eventually triumphed 6-3, 6-3, but it was harder than the score suggested for the 15th seed, now back full time after a break to start a family.


Her serve was broken in each set before she dug deep to dispose of the Thai, playing in her 51st Grand Slam.


Clijsters could meet fellow comeback queen Justine Henin in the quarter-finals, although Henin has a major hurdle to clear in fifth seed Elena Dementieva on Rod Laver Arena later Wednesday.


Unlike the high-profile Clijsters and Henin, Russian third seed Kuznetsova is flying under the radar and looked impressive in her 6-2, 6-2 defeat of countrywoman Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.


The French Open champion, whose best effort here has been the quarter-finals, said she had prepared well in the off-season and was ready to make an impact.


“I think I’ve done a good pre-season, I’ve worked hard and I’ve enjoyed it,” she said.


“I mean, I’m feeling good. I worked on new things.”


Fourth seed Wozniacki downed Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4, 6-2 to get her campaign off to a winning start.


The Dane, who enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2009, winning three titles and finishing runner-up to Clijsters at the US Open, edged a tight first set but overpowered her opponent in the second.


“I had a tough opponent, so I was really happy to get through,” she said.


“I was feeling confident on the court and comfortable.”


“I’m really happy about the way things are going and I’ve been practising hard, so I’m really pleased about the way I’m playing.”


Belarussian seventh seed Victoria Azarenka blasted her way into the second round by crushing France’s Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-2, 6-0, while China’s 16th seed Li coasted past New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic in straight sets.


Ninth-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva also pushed on deeper into the tournament, sending Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova packing 6-2, 6-0.


Maria Sharapova remains the highest profile casualty on the women’s side and her Russian conqueror Maria Kirilenko marched into the third round with a 6-3, 6-1 romp against Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger.


In the men’s draw, 11th seed Fernando Gonzalez was the first man into the third round with his 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 win over Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan.


Scot Andy Murray resumes his quest to become the first Briton to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936 when he plays Frenchman Marc Gicquel later Wednesday.


Seventh seed Andy Roddick is also in action against Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, while fourth seed Juan Martin Del Potro, the US Open champion, faces American James Blake.


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Nadal, Clijsters march on in Melbourne

In Vietnam Sports on January 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

MELBOURNE, Jan 20, 2010 (AFP) – Defending champion Rafael Nadal pounded his way into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday alongside Kim Clijsters who showed nerves of steel to come through a tough test.








Nadal of Spain hits a return against Peter Luczak of Australia in their men’s singles first round match on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2010. AFP photo)

Other top names also showed their mettle including Andy Roddick and Svetlana Kuznetsova, while Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka made the second round as rain-delayed matches held over from Tuesday were cleared.


Spanish second seed Nadal was in rip-roaring form as he smashed hapless Slovak Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to stay on track for a potential quarter-final against Andy Murray, who plays later.


Clijsters found the going harder.


She only conceded four games against her first round oppenent but she was given a more thorough examination by Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn.


The 26-year-old Belgian, who won the lead-up Brisbane International, eventually triumphed 6-3, 6-3, but it was harder than the score suggested for the 15th seed, now back full time after a break to start a family.


Her serve was broken in each set before she dug deep to dispose of the Thai, playing in her 51st Grand Slam.


“Physically, I feel good,” she said.


“I feel like I’m good enough on the day to beat my opponents. It’s not with my best tennis yet, but hopefully I can save that when it’s really necessary.”


Clijsters could meet fellow comeback queen Justine Henin in the quarter-finals, although Henin has a major hurdle to clear in fifth seed Elena Dementieva on Rod Laver Arena later Wednesday.


Unlike the high-profile Clijsters and Henin, Russian third seed Kuznetsova is flying under the radar and looked impressive in her 6-2, 6-2 defeat of countrywoman Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.


The French Open champion, whose best effort here has been the quarter-finals, said she had prepared well in the off-season and was ready to make an impact.


“I think I’ve done a good pre-season, I’ve worked hard and I’ve enjoyed it,” she said.


“I mean, I’m feeling good. I worked on new things.”


Fourth seed Wozniacki downed Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4, 6-2 to get her campaign off to a winning start.


The Dane, who enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2009, winning three titles and finishing runner-up to Clijsters at the US Open, edged a tight first set but overpowered her opponent in the second.


“I had a tough opponent, so I was really happy to get through,” she said.


“I was feeling confident on the court and comfortable.”


“I’m really happy about the way things are going and I’ve been practising hard, so I’m really pleased about the way I’m playing.”


Belarussian seventh seed Victoria Azarenka blasted her way into the second round by crushing France’s Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-2, 6-0, while China’s 16th seed Li coasted past New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic in straight sets.


Ninth-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva also pushed on deeper into the tournament, sending Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova packing 6-2, 6-0.


Maria Sharapova remains the highest profile casualty on the women’s side and her Russian conqueror Maria Kirilenko marched into the third round with a 6-3, 6-1 romp against Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger.


In the men’s draw, Roddick ranted at the umpire after completing a straight sets win over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.


The American seventh seed had just served out a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win when he continued to argue over a Hawk Eye video review decision which narrowly went against him on the first of his two match points.


Elsewhere, 11th seed Fernando Gonzalez was the first man into the third round with his 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 win over Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan.


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Thousands march globally calling for climate action

In World on December 13, 2009 at 4:05 am

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets or were preparing to march on Saturday calling for climate negotiators in Copenhagen to strike a deal to prevent global warming.








Climate change activists march through Sydney. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets or were preparing to march on Saturday calling for climate negotiators in Copenhagen to strike a deal to prevent global warming. (AFP Photo)

The Danish capital was described as looking like a military zone as authorities prepared for the arrival of activists from all over the world.


Hours before the demonstration in Copenhagen was due to kick off, protesters were out in force around Asia, waving banners and chanting slogans urging action from the climate conference.


In Australia organisers said around 50,000 people had taken to the streets nationwide, wearing sky-blue shoelaces in a call for a strong and binding agreement in Copenhagen.


One organiser, James Dannenberg, said: “We want (world leaders) to bring home a treaty, we want them to stand by the Pacific and our neighbours there. And we want them to deliver and ensure a safe climate future for us all.”


Thousands of activists gathered in front of the parliament house in Canberra, while 10,000-strong crowds marched through Sydney, Melbourne and other major cities.


In Hong Kong men, women and children marched, some dressed as pandas, while others held life rings bearing the slogan “Climate Change Kills. Act Now. Save Lives.”


Indonesians rallied in front of the US embassy in Jakarta calling for help for developing nations in reducing greenhouse gases.


A crowd chanted “US is the biggest emitter” and unfurled banners that read “US is the carbon mafia leader” and “Be a part of a legally binding agreement”.


And in the Philippines students staged a three-hour demonstration outside Manila’s City Hall.


Protests are planned from Kabul to the Arctic Circle, with Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu and former Irish President Mary Robinson to preside over a special vigil in Copenhagen.


Organisers in Denmark forecast 60,000 to 80,000 to march, while police drawn from across the country braced for crowds they estimate will be at about 50,000.


On Friday, authorities rounded up dozens of anti-capitalist demonstrators in a bid to forestall possible violence.Related article: Arrests as police brace for demo


Protesters were still arriving late Friday by bus, train, plane and boat from Berlin, Bremen, London, Leeds, Amsterdam, Milan and a dozen other European cities.


Helicopters buzzed in the skies while armoured police vans and canine squads patrolled the streets, amid fears Saturday’s march could be joined by violent far-left groups.


“It looks like a military zone, the police are everywhere,” said Gerardo Gambirazio, an American geography researcher who was checking out the goings-on in the city.


The six-kilometre (four-mile) march, masterminded by 515 organisations from 67 countries, will depart at 1300 GMT from the Christiansborg Castle, crossing the city to end up at the Bella Centre where the summit will be underway.


Police beefed up security at Denmark’s land and sea borders to prevent troublemakers from entering the country amid fears of the march being joined by violent far-left groups.


Shop keepers and businesses were warned of possible violence.


One of the march’s main organisers, Oxfam, has lined up celebrities to join in a rally before the protests sets out, including Danish-Peruvian model Helena Christensen and Bollywood actor Rahul Bose.


At the conference the previous day developing nations rejected as “insignificant” an EU pledge of 7.2 billion euros (10.6 billion dollars) to help them tackle global warming.Related article: EU cash


The accord, which would see the money paid over three years, came a week before 110 heads of state and government convene in Copenhagen for the finale of the 12-day conference.


“The fact that Europe is going to put a figure on the table will, I think, be hugely encouraging to the process,” said UN climate chief Yvo de Boer. “We will then have to see what other rich countries are going to put on the table.”


But in Copenhagen, the Group of 77 developing nations — actually a caucus of 130 states that includes China — said the proposal fails to address the issue of setting up long-term financing mechanisms.


“I believe they are not only insignificant, they actually breed even more distrust on the intentions of European leaders on climate change,” said Lumumba Stanislaus Dia-Ping of Sudan.


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Thailand considers postponing ASEAN summit to March

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sompong Amornvivat said on November 30 that he would ask the cabinet at its meeting next week regarding possible postponement of ASEAN summit to March due to the current political turbulence in the country.

Sompong said on a weekly government programme telecast live on television that he would ask the Cabinet at its December 2 meeting on postponing the summit, scheduled to be held in Chiang Mai from December 15-18, to March next year.

Earlier, some countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) asked to postpone the summit due to the fear of the current political situation in Thailand , which holds the ASEAN rotary presidency.

ASEAN Secretary-General Dr Surin Pitsuwan has expressed his understanding at the hesitation of Thai leaders to postpone the 14th ASEAN Summit scheduled for mid December for fear of upsetting the momentum of the organisation, according to the ASEAN Secretariat’s press release issued on November 30.

The ASEAN chief also reassured them that a postponement will not negatively affect ASEAN work plans too much, the press release said.

Meanwhile, tension have not eased in Thailand as two explosions wounded 51 people the Government House and Don Mueang Airport early morning of November 30 in an escalation of the political crisis, the Thai News Agency said.-