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Red ear turtles intrude Hoan Kiem Lake

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:34 am

Although Hanoi citizens have been requested to collect and destroy red ear turtles, known to be the most dangerous invasive species in the world, visitors saw vast numbers of this species at Hoan Kiem Lake which is a sanctuary of the legendary turtle. The old turtle is now being menaced by the red ear turtle.

Red-eared turtles at Hoan Kiem Lake.

Thu Thuy, who lives on Hang Be Street, saw many red ear turtles around Hoan Kiem Lake and even on the path to the Ngoc Son temple.

Some vendors in the area near the lake noticed that the turtles floated on the water and even slid up and down the sides of the well.

On December 19, residents of Hanoi and many visitors were astonished to see a legendary turtle in Hoan Kiem Lake carrying a red-eared turtle on its back.

Dr. Ha Dinh Duc, an expert on this species, first discovered a red-eared slider in the lake in 1997 and believes the numbers have grown since then. He stated that this species breeds prolifically and confirmed that their existence in the lake was a threat to the old turtle’s food sources.

Dr Duc warned that in years to come these turtles may devour all the algae in the lake and even all the plant life. He also believed that this destructive species of turtles was increasing in numbers and would soon overtake all existing living creatures in the lake.

Tran Xuan Viet, director of Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said relevant departments were asked to collect and destruct red ear turtles, but now this work has not been done at Hoan Kiem Lake.

In addition, the Hanoi People’s Committee also asked relevant departments to strengthen to check catching, buying, breeding and releasing the red ear turtles.

Dr. Duc thinks that authorities in Hanoi need to take urgent steps to contain the prolific growth of the red ear turtle as these creatures are vociferous eaters of all plant marine life leaving very little food for other native series.

Turtles are important in Vietnamese culture, particularly the Ho Guom turtle. It is reclusive and rare and considered holy because of a 15th-century legend that claims King Le Loi drove out invading Chinese with a magical sword, which the gods gave him and which he later returned by giving it to the lake’s turtle, which swam it back to the gods.

Source: SGGP

Thai ‘Red Shirts’ rally six months after crackdown

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 6:14 am

Cao Bang: Red mud flood engulfs homes, crops

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

Ministry to closely supervise building red mud reservoir of controversial bauxite project

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 5:19 am

Swiss Red Cross donates to flood victims

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Swiss Red Cross donates to flood victims

QĐND – Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

The Swiss Red Cross in coordination with the Red Cross in Vietnam’s Phu Yen province provided VND1.6 billion to flood victims in EaBia and EaTrol villages in Song Hinh district on October 27.

EaBia received almost VND1 billion and EaTrol more than VND600 million. Families were provided with VND3.8-8 million each.

The aid will be spent on fertilizer, variety and tools for production.

The Swiss Red Cross has so far donated VND3.2 billion to 5 communes in Phu Yen province.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Thai ‘Red Shirts’ stage mass rally

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, Oct 17, 2010 (AFP) – Thousands of Thailand’s anti-government “Red Shirts” joined a mass rally on Sunday in the latest large demonstration by the movement in recent weeks.

Police estimated 3,000 people had joined the gathering in the football stadium in the town of Ayutthaya about one hour’s drive north of Bangkok.

Over 1,000 police were deployed to provide security for the event but authorities said the mood remained calm.

“The situation so far is normal, there is no sign of any trouble,” said police Colonel Sombat Choochaiya.

Reds from Bangkok and other regions in the kingdom began proceedings by tying red ribbons on to a bridge in the centre of the town.

The rally is expected to go on late into the evening and include speeches by opposition Puae Thai party members and a firework display.

A similar Reds gathering in Bangkok on September 19 saw an estimated 6,000 people join a rally to mark four years since a coup ousted their hero Thaksin Shinawatra as premier and commemorate those slain in a May crackdown on movement’s protests in the capital.

Last Sunday another 6,000 people rallied in Bangkok to mark six months since a night of bloody clashes with the military, which left 25 people dead.

Mass demonstrations by the Red Shirts in the heart of Bangkok in April and May descended into violence that left 91 people dead — mainly civilians — in fighting between demonstrators and armed soldiers.

The mainly poor and working class Reds accuse the current government of being elitist and undemocratic and want immediate elections.

Bangkok and three surrounding provinces — but not Ayutthaya — remain under a state of emergency, which gives the authorities broad security powers.

Source: SGGP

VN-Index closes week in red

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

Movements of VN-Index on October 15. (Photo:, which tracks 262 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, slightly declined on October 15 as stocks remained unattractive to investors.

The benchmark dipped 0.06 percent, or 0.27 points, to wrap week at 458.39 points.

Trading volume on the city bourse was just around 25.25 million shares worth VND704.8 billion.

There were 66 gainers, 149 losers, while 52 stocks remained unmoved.

Vietnam Mechanization Electrification & Construction Joint Stock Company (MCG) led the list of most active shares in volume for the second day with 1.51 million shares changing hands.

PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (DPM) took the second rank with 1.01 million shares.

Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) followed with 744,130 shares traded.

Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Corporation (DCL), which plunged 4.89 percent to trade at VND44,700, was the biggest loser today.

DESCON Construction Corporation (DCC) erased 4.87 percent to VND25,400.

Transforwarding Warehousing Joint Stock Corporation (TMS) dropped for three consecutive trading session, sinking 4.76 percent to VND26,000.

Saigon Fuel Company (SFC) went up 4.97 percent to VND35,900.

Cavico Vietnam Mining and Construction Joint Stock Company (MCV) climbed 4.79 percent to VND17,500.

Hoa Binh Construction & Real Estate Corporation (HBC) advanced 4.67 percent to VND47,100.

The Hanoi’s HNX-Index slid 0.76 points, or 0.63 percent, to close at 119.69 points. Trading volume on the northern bourse nosedived to the lowest level since the end of February as just 16.2 million shares changed hands at a value of VND355.8 billion.

The UPCoM-Index trimmed 0.25 points to 43.44. The market of unlisted shares saw 0.14 million shares changing hands at VND1.5 billion as of 11:10 am local time.

Source: SGGP

Red Cross provides urgent aid for flood victims

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:53 am

Red Cross provides urgent aid for flood victims

QĐND – Saturday, October 09, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

On October 8, officials of the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) were present in areas affected by the recent floods to help local victims cope with their current difficulties and stabilize their lives and production.

The Red Cross had its municipal and provincial chapters evacuate people from danger zones and give them urgently needed food and drinking water.

The society’s central committee sent VND2.2 billion worth of cash, emergency goods, food, and water purifying tablets to the five provinces that were hardest hit by the storms.

It also dispatched three relief teams to these provinces. On the morning of October 8, the VRC delegation to Quang Binh province donated water purifiers to local people and taught them to operate these devices to counter water pollution caused by floods.

VRC official Tran Quoc Hung said they also doled out instant noodles to people without access to food. The waters have receded, leaving vast areas in need of decontamination and clean-up.

The same morning, representatives of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies headed for the provinces of Nghe An, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. The Federation’s chief representative, Dang Van Tao, said the Federation will donate $150,000 to people in the affected areas. He added that after their inspection, his organization will make an international appeal for more aid.

Many organizations throughout Vietnam have been contributing money to a fund of the Vietnam Fatherland Front to help their compatriots.

A total of VND920.5 million has been raised by Nam Dinh province, VOV, the Finance Ministry, the VFF, and the Central Commission for External Relations.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Thailand’s ‘Red Shirt’ lawmakers in court

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

BANGKOK, Aug 19, 2010 (AFP) – Two Thai opposition lawmakers appeared in court Thursday on terrorism charges in connection with deadly “Red Shirt” street protests earlier this year.

But the court allowed Jatuporn Prompan and Karun Hosakul — both members of the Puea Thai Party who are free on bail — to delay their plea submission until after the current term of parliament finishes.

Opposition lawmaker Jatuporn Prompan (2L) arrives at the Criminal Court in Bangkok on August 19, 2010. AFP

“The court has allowed me to give my testimony after the parliamentary session,” Jatuporn told reporters. The current legislative term began in early August and will last for about four months.

Seventeen other anti-government protest leaders who do not enjoy parliamentary immunity on Monday pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges and will stand trial.

Two months of protests by the Red Shirts, aimed at forcing immediate elections, triggered a series of clashes between demonstrators and troops that left 91 people dead — mostly civilians — and nearly 1,900 injured.

Most top Red Shirts surrendered to police after the army launched a deadly assault on the movement’s fortified encampment in the heart of Bangkok in May.

After the crackdown, protest leaders asked their thousands of supporters to disperse, but hardcore demonstrators set fire to dozens of buildings, including a shopping mall and the stock exchange.

Source: SGGP

Pakistan floods hit 2.5 million people: Red Cross

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 3, 2010 (AFP) – Pakistan faces the risk of a public health disaster with up to 2.5 million people affected and 1,500 killed by devastating floods that have washed away entire villages, officials said.

The death toll was expected to rise Tuesday in northwest Pakistan after the floods and landslides triggered by record rain last week obliterated homes and farmland in one of the country’s most impoverished regions.

Aid officials said clean drinking water and sanitation were urgently needed to stop diseases such as cholera spreading among the survivors of Pakistan’s worst floods in 80 years.

Pakistani man gathers up some of his belongings outside his flooded house in Nowshera on August 2, 2010. AFP

“Thousands of people are living in miserable conditions,” Ateeb Siddiqui, director of operations with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, said.

“Providing clean water and sanitation is an absolute priority if we are to avert a public health disaster,” he said.

Flood victims have condemned authorities over sluggish relief, shouting “give us aid sent by foreign countries” and “death to the corrupt government”.

At a camp set up by the army for around 640 families in the northwest area of Nowshehra, women and children ran after vehicles bringing food and water, pushing and shouting.

People at the camp said there were no proper toilets or bathrooms and that the only respite from the crushing heat was plastic hand fans. Most of them fled in the clothes they were wearing and many children roamed naked.

The United Nations said around 980,000 people had lost their homes or been temporarily displaced by the floods and the figure was likely to rise above a million.

An assessment by the UN World Food Programme in four districts — Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan and Peshawar — found that around 80,000 homes had been destroyed and another 50,000 damaged.

Food, clean drinking water, tents and medical supplies were the most pressing needs, the UN said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said that up to 2.5 million people across Pakistan had been affected by the flooding, with whole villages lost to the raging waters.

Aid workers and Pakistan’s military conducted what relief efforts they could as officials warned that the death toll would rise still further.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Monday the toll from the floods stood at 1,200 to 1,500.

Provincial health minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah said about 100,000 people, mostly children, were suffering from illnesses such as gastroenteritis.

The province’s chief minister Amir Haider Hoti said the floods were “unprecedented” and warned it could take up to 10 days to assess the overall number of dead and displaced.

Pakistan’s meteorological service forecast rain of up to 200 millimetres (eight inches) in the next weeks across the northwest, Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the central province of Punjab and Sindh in the south.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon pledged aid of up to 10 million dollars for those affected by the crisis, while Britain pledged five million pounds (eight million dollars).

Helicopters sent by Washington have rescued more than 700 people from flood-hit areas, US officials said.

The National Disaster Management Authority said it had rescued more than 28,000 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by helicopter and boat.

A spokesman for the charity World Vision said Monday its teams had visited people affected around the main northwestern city of Peshawar, but that those further north remained stranded with roads cut off.

“They don’t have drinking water or food. They said there have been some visible signs of water-borne diseases,” spokesman Muhammad Ali told AFP.

Source: SGGP