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Israel to ‘consider’ US offer on settlement freeze

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 4:24 am

LOT Polish airlines offer cheap tickets

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Schools not permitted to offer two class sessions a day except parents’ requirement

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

Farmers determined to sue polluter Vedan despite increased offer

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm




Farmers determined to sue polluter Vedan despite increased offer


QĐND – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)


Taiwanese monosodium glutamate producer Vedan Vietnam raised its compensation offer to Vietnamese farmers affected by its untreated wastewater to a combined VND130 billion (US$6.8 million), up from VND56 billion earlier, but tillers are still determined to sue the company as they consider the proposed figure unsatisfactory.

Vedan sent an official letter on July 28 to the Prime Minister of Vietnam and People’s Committees of Ho Chi Minh City, and southern provinces Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau to offer the raised rate of compensation.


The company said it would give affected farmers in Ho Chi Minh City VND30 billion instead of the VND16 billion it offered earlier; farmers of Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces have now been offered VND60 billion and VND40 billion, instead of VND30 billion and VND10 billion respectively.


Vedan said it hoped the raise of compensation would resolve the case definitively.


Seeking to avoid a lawsuit, this is the fifth time Vedan has haggled over damages.


Though the latest proposed compensation represents an increase of almost six fold compared to Vendan’s first offer in a year ago, it is still considerably lower than the damages claimed by farmers.


HCMC authorities have asked Vedan to pay VND45.7 billion, while Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau have asked the company to pay VND120 billion and over VND53 billion respectively.


Therefore, farmers said they would sue Vedan for proper damages.


Nguyen Van Phung, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Farmers’ Association, said Vedan’s offer of VND30 billion to tillers in the city’s Can Gio District is too low.


At present, files of 839 affected families in the district are complete, and lawyers authorized by the farmers will soon file lawsuit applications against Vedan with the district People’s Court, he added.


Meanwhile, Tran Van Cuong, deputy director of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department and head of the committee for assessing damage caused by Vedan, said the province’s authorized lawyers would continue to send all files of 1,253 affected families to the Tan Thanh District People’s Court.


He said the province will stop sending lawsuit applications only when Vedan agrees to pay farmers the VND53 billion they have required.


Nguyen Duc, chairman of the Dong Nai Province Bar, said Vedan and tillers can negotiate in court, and his bar members will continue to offer advice and legal assistance.


The Ministry of National Resources and Environment also held a meeting yesterday to define the responsibilities of State agencies in forcing Vedan to honor its commitment to pay reparations to affected tillers.


At the meeting, minister Pham Khoi Nguyen said the ministry would assume the responsibility for demanding that Vedan pay damages, and that the Environment Protection Fund would cover farmers’ legal fees.


Vedan’s untreated wastewater killed aquaculture and riverside crops in HCMC,  Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and Dong Nai Province from 1994-2008.


Over the period, the company dumped 105 million liters of untreated wastewater into the river each month via a secret pipeline.


For two years since the act was uncovered, farmers and Vietnamese authorities have been asking Vedan to assume financial responsibility for their pollution, but the company’s offers have been consistently rejected as too low.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Entertainments offer opportunity for investors

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Entertainments offer opportunity for investors


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is an attractive destination for investors involved in the entertainment business, said the Executive Producer of KB Creative Advisors, Steven Ryan.


The growth in the recreation business is attributable to the stable economy, an overwhelmingly young population and an increase in people’s purchasing power, he added.


The Deputy Head of the Vietnam Tourism Development Research Institute, Pham Trung Luong, said that there are good prospects for the development of recreational parks, which account for a large proportion of the tourism sector.


The Ministry of Planning and Investment reported that the amount of investment in entertainment has increased sharply, particularly in the south. A total of 121 entertainment FDI projects with a combined registered capital of 3.5 billion USD, were started in the first five months of this year, representing almost half of the country’s FDI, said the ministry.


Most of the projects are in the south of the country with 67 projects, the north has 30 and the remainder are in the central region. HCMCity, Hanoi, the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and the central province of Khanh Hoa are the leaders with the highest number of FDI projects in this field.


Domestic businesses have gained some initial successes after investing in entertainment parks, namely the Dam Sen and SuoiTienParks in HCMCity, the water park in the central coastal city of Nha Trang and Bao Son paradise park in Hanoi.


Noteworthy amongst the many entertainment projects underway in the country is the 1 billion USD Vinh Loc township and theme park invested in by the C.T Group.


The Vice President of the Vietnam Real Estate Association, Tong Van Nga, predicts that the country’s entertainment sector will blossom in the next decade when recreational parks have a cultural and educational theme.


Despite the potential, Ryan pointed out the weaknesses and shortages that have made the country’s entertainment sector fail to meet customers’ demands, especially foreigners who want to enjoy deluxe entertainment and relaxation services.


However, he suggested that investors should expand their investment to include the development of adventure sports parks to add something different. Investors should also pay more attention to the consumers’ demands and incomes so their investments target the right market, he said.


Source: VNA
Photo: quehuongonline


Source: QDND

Farmers reject latest offer from Vedan

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

The Ho Chi Minh City Farmers’ Association and related departments agreed July 22 that the VND16 billion (US$800,000) offered by Taiwanese MSG producer Vedan was inadequate compensation for economic damages the company caused to farmers in Can Gio District.


The association also said that it would continue to help famers file a lawsuit against Vedan, which discharged untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River two years ago.


Vedan continued to haggle over compensation rates to be paid to farmers in the district, in a meeting on July 22 with the association, Can Gio District People’s Committee and the Institute for Environment and Natural Resources.


At the meeting, association chairman Nguyen Van Phung asked Vedan whether they would pay VND45.7 billion ($2.3 million), the amount demanded by the farmers.


Vedan said that it would only agree to payouts from VND12 – 20 billion ($600,000 – $1 million).


By the end of the meeting, Vedan offered VND16 billion ($800,000), which was rejected by the association.

Related articles:
Vedan continues bargaining over compensation for farmers
HCMC farmer association proposes advance of $116,000 to sue Vedan


 

Source: SGGP

Five-star hotels offer 50% discount in Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Firms offer staff free holidays to relieve stress, improve work

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm




Firms offer staff free holidays to relieve stress, improve work


QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:32 (GMT+7)

Many businesses have started offering their employees free holiday tours as a bonus instead of giving them money.


Organising free holiday tours for staff aims to help employees relax and work more effectively. Holiday packages also help forge closer relationships between companies and their staff, experts said.


Travelling can help staff members deal with stress and work more effectively after they return from their vacation.


Besides, many companies also combine training courses with tour programmes. These training courses are usually made of short presentations made by experts to help staff acquire more soft skills.


In 2008, HCM City organised a tour to Singapore for the city’s hygiene workers, who had done exceptionally well at their jobs.


Pham Phuong Thao, chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Council, said that the tour to Singapore for hygiene staff reflects the city’s gratitude during the year of “making the city civilised”.


Sony Electronics Vietnam organised a tour to China for more than 200 employees. The leader of this company said that the tour helped the staff to not only relax, but also improved their professional knowledge about how to work with foreign experts.


Nguyen Cuong, director of the An An food frozen company at the Tan Tao Industrial Park, said that “instead of giving a bonus of 3 million VND (150 USD) to 48 workers, the company tries to spend a little more money to offer them a free tour to Singapore, which brings them a lot of joy and motivation with work.”


Most businesses usually offer both domestic and international tours for their staff, which primarily take place during the summer.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Thai protesters cautious over PM’s election offer

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

Thailand’s “Red Shirt” anti-government protest movement reacted cautiously Tuesday to the prime minister’s proposal to hold elections in mid-November as a way out of a crippling political crisis.

Thai Red Shirt anti-government protest leader Natthawut Saikua (3R), flanked by other protest leaders, makes an announcement on the latest proposal by the Thai prime minister in downtown Bangkok on May 4, 2010.

But leaders of the mostly poor or working-class Reds, who have been rallying in Bangkok since mid-March, did not reject Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s offer outright, offering a ray of hope for an end to the tense standoff.


“Our stance on Abhisit’s reconciliation roadmap will be made based on the interests of the people,” Jaran Ditha-apichai, a senior Red Shirt, said from a rally stage in the city’s commercial heart.


“For the sake of the struggle for democracy, we will discuss and listen to our people who are on the frontline.”


The movement said that it wanted to be sure the proposed roadmap had the full backing of ruling party lawmakers and their coalition partners in the government before giving a response.


“We will discuss among more than 20 leaders whether or not to accept it, but initially I agree with one of the proposals — to end the deadlock in a non-violent way,” said another Red Shirt leader, Nattawut Saikuar.


A series of bloody clashes between the demonstrators and security forces in Bangkok have left 27 people dead and nearly 1,000 people injured in the country’s worst civil unrest in almost two decades.


Many of the Red Shirts — who want immediate elections — seek the return of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and lives overseas to avoid a jail term for corruption.


Speaking on national television, Abhisit said Monday his proposal to hold elections in November — a year earlier than scheduled — was subject to all parties agreeing to his reconciliation roadmap.


The plan calls for respect for the monarchy, greater social equality, an impartial media, an independent probe into the recent political violence and a debate on the need for constitutional reform.


“I’m convinced that it will not take long to achieve national reconciliation and when we achieve national reconciliation, the government is ready to hold elections on November 14,” said Abhisit.


“I think this is the best solution at the current time,” he said.


Abhisit, the British-born, Oxford-educated head of the establishment Democrat Party, does not have to go to the polls until the end of next year.


Some observers say that when he does face the people, his failure to connect with the rural masses means he faces a tough battle against the pro-Thaksin forces that have won every election for a decade.


Abhisit’s party came to power via a parliamentary vote in 2008 and for Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a Thailand expert at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, it will be “very difficult” for him to win an election.


“Because he represents the Bangkok elite, it’s hard to win the hearts and minds of the people in the north and northeast,” the analyst said. “Meanwhile Thaksin remains hugely popular in those regions.”


Abhisit last month rejected a compromise offer by the Reds to disperse if elections were held within three months, and the protesters reverted to their demand for immediate polls.


In March he had offered to hold elections by the end of the year but protest leaders rejected that proposal.


The Red Shirts have fortified their sprawling protest site in the city’s main shopping district with barricades made from piled-up truck tyres, razor wire and bamboo stakes.


Their campaign has caused several hotels and major stores to close for now, and prompted foreign governments to warn against travel to the “Land of Smiles”, dealing a heavy blow to tourism in Thailand.

Source: SGGP

Vedan snubs farmers by lowering compensation offer

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

In a slap to the face of the farmers and working people of Vietnam, Vedan Vietnam, a wholly Taiwanese-owned firm, has lowered its offer of compensation to farmers whose land it destroyed to just over 5 percent of the sum requested.

Thi Vai River has been seriously polluted by plants located along its banks.


The company said it is now willing to pay only VND8.4 billion (US$442,000) to farmers in the southern province of Dong Nai after the local farmers’ association rejected it last offer of VND15 billion in April last year. The company had initially only offered only VND7 billion.


The sums are paltry compared to the VND1.6 trillion in damages the Dong Nai farmers say the pollution caused to 5,046 families. The association has rejected the new offer as too low.


Government inspectors in September 2008 discovered that Vedan Vietnam had been dumping 105.6 million liters of untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River each month for 14 years via a secret pipeline. The pollution had destroyed seafood farms and agricultural land along the river in Dong Nai, Ba-Ria Vung Tau Province and Ho Chi Minh City. 


Since the violation was uncovered, Vedan has paid VND267.5 million ($14,000) in fines and closed down four of its factories.


But it has paid no compensation to the farmers who lost land, crops and seafood to the pollution.


The farmers’ associations in Dong Nai, Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau have all sued the company for compensation.


According to the HCMC Farmers Association, 839 families engaged in aquaculture suffered VND107 billion in losses due to the pollution.


The Ba Ria – Vung Tau Farmers Association reported over VND191 billion in losses suffered by 1,134 families thanks to Vedan.


 

Source: SGGP