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Anarchists claim responsibility for Rome bombs

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

 An Italian anarchist group claimed responsibility for parcel bombs on Thursday that wounded two people at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome, a reminder of Europe’s home-grown threats at a time of political instability.

A Swiss man was seriously wounded and rushed to hospital. An employee at the Chilean embassy was less seriously hurt. A note was found stuck to his clothing, claiming responsibility for the attack on behalf of the FAI, or Informal Anarchist Federation.

“We have decided to make our voice heard with words and with facts, we will destroy the system of dominance, long live the FAI, long-live Anarchy,” said the note, written in Italian, which was released in the evening by the police.

The incidents bore similarities to an episode in Greece last month in which far-left militants sent parcel bombs to foreign governments abroad and to embassies in Athens.

Firefighters walk out of the Swiss embassy downtown in Rome, December 23, 2010

The note was signed by the “Lambros Fountas revolutionary cell” of the FAI, named for a Greek anarchist killed in a clash with Athens police in March. It also made reference to anarchist movements in Chile, Mexico, Spain and Argentina.

“Greece, Italy and Spain have seen the presence of anarcho-insurrectionalist groups that are tightly linked,” Italy’s Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said before the note was found. “They are very violent.”

The FAI is well known to Italian authorities. Intelligence services said in a report to parliament last year that it was “the main national terrorist threat of an anarchist-insurrectionalist type.”

In December 2009 the group claimed responsibility for a bomb that partially exploded in a tunnel under Milan’s Bocconi University at 3 am, causing no casualties.

No note was found at the Swiss embassy, but police said the packages that exploded were almost identical.

The explosions came at a time of tension in Italy. Last week saw an anti-government student protest that descended into some of the worst street violence in Rome for many years.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini condemned the incidents, which he said were a serious threat to diplomatic missions in Rome. He urged caution and warned against alarmist reactions.

The attacks, like those in Greece, focused attention on Europe’s domestic security threats at a time when authorities had otherwise been warning of the risk of attacks by al Qaeda.

“It doesn’t look like a typical jihadist thing. It looks more like the act of a leftist, fringe group,” said Stephan Bierling, professor of International Politics at Regensburg University in Germany.

Spending cuts caused by the financial crisis have led to demonstrations and strikes around Europe, and experts expect a rise in political violence by far-left groups.

“Given the similarities with the recent parcel bombs in Greece following anti-austerity protests, this could be a copycat incident by domestic activists,” said Samantha Wolreich, European risk analyst at advisory firm AKE.

A Greek police official said they had so far not received a request for help from Italian police. He said Greek authorities had stepped up checks of parcels at airports across the country following the attacks in Italy.


Bomb disposal experts searched the Swiss embassy offices but staff remained in the building following the incident, which occurred at around midday (1100 GMT).

Firefighters conducted checks of the Chilean embassy, in the same prosperous neighborhood, after the explosion of the package the size of a document. Other inspections were carried out at foreign missions across the Italian capital.

A source in the Rome prosecutors’ office said the package in the Chilean embassy had been sent from Italy, while the package in the Swiss embassy had been completely destroyed.

“We are reviewing our security posture in Rome in light of incidents today,” U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in Washington.

Chilean ambassador Oscar Godoy said there had been no indication that an attack was likely.

“This is an absolutely irrational and brutal act of terrorism,” he told reporters.

The explosions follow the discovery of a rudimentary device in an empty underground train in Rome on Tuesday. However, police said that it lacked a detonator and tests showed it contained no explosive.

Source: SGGP

People’s responsibility to defend off-shore islands strengthened

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

People’s responsibility to defend off-shore islands strengthened

QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

PANO – Over the past year, the Naval Zone B, in cooperation with authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu provinces, organised 55 meetings to brief more than 24,000 local people on the important tasks to defend the national sovereignty in off-shore islands.

These programs helped raise awareness of local authorities and people of all walks of life of the importance of off-shore islands in the national socio-economic development and national defence and at the same time strengthen their responsibility in defending the national territory over off-shore islands

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

WWF to take responsibility for their mistake on Vietnam’s pangasius

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

A working session on resolving an issue that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced the Vietnamese catfish in the Red List between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and WWF will be held on December 8, said Mr. Pham Anh Tuan, deputy head of the General Department of Fisheries.

Mr. Pham Anh Tuan said, “The WWF will have to correct their announcement, if they haven’t got any evidence”.
He also went on to state, “The two parts ought to have cooperated with each other in the first place, in order to avoid any regrettable outcome, and that The International Fund for Nature has made a serious mistake,” Mr. Nguyen Viet Thang, chairperson of the Vietnam fish association.

“The Mekong giant catfish, Pangasianodon gigas, is a species of catfish, native to the Mekong basin in Southeast Asia. The Mekong’s giant catfish, which is 3.2m high and 300kg in weight currently, holds the Guinness Book of World Record’s position for the world’s largest freshwater fish. Vietnam’s pangasius is a usual catfish which is bred widely,” he explained.

Vietnam will send proposals to international organizations and WWF to make the information clearer.

Source: SGGP

Shouldering community responsibility

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Shouldering community responsibility

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

Electricity blackouts are an issue of great concern to businesses and individuals as the electricity sector has constantly cut the power supply on a rotating basis for weeks. While power generation is in a terrible mess, power conservation is considered the best immediate solution.

When summer comes, the electricity sector usually has to cope with power shortages. This year, the situation is worse than usual as the country has experienced a prolonged drought, and early floods expected to flow in Hoa Binh Reservoir – the largest in Vietnam – will arrive later than usual.

Many businesses and policymakers fear that rotating power cuts will have a negative impact on the country’s economic growth and that some national targets set for this year are unlikely to be reached.

There is no denying that electricity plays a key role in people’s everyday life, and power cuts during the prolonged hot weather are making their lives chaotic. Kindergartens temporarily close down, forcing parents to stay out of work to take care of their children at home. Many elderly people look for shaded areas such as green parks or their friends’ houses where power is still on to avoid the extreme heat.

Employees opt to come to the office and enjoy good air conditioning during the daytime, even on weekends, rather than staying at home and doing nothing during a blackout. Many factories and service centres halt operations due to power outages.

In some rural areas, power is cut from 06.00 to 24.00 every day, seriously affecting post-harvest preservation of farm products during harvest season.

By and large, economic losses caused by power outages far exceed the value of the power saved. Some people suggest that the electricity sector develop a system of diesel-fuelled generators to cover the gaps. People and businesses would rather purchase electricity at a higher price than suffer prolonged power cuts.

The electricity sector needs a long-term vision for its future development, and it should have a roadmap for resolving power shortages. Power conservation is an immediate solution to help ease power shortages.

State offices should be pioneers in practising thrift by moderating their use of high-consumption equipment such as air conditioners and electric kettles. Ironically, some offices use air conditioning so excessively that warm clothes are sometimes worn inside while outside temperatures exceed 40oC. 

It is also important to have regulations minimising the use of electricity for electronic advertising boards, electronic office signs, restaurants and public lighting systems.

Power conservation campaigns have been launched across the country and have brought practical results. However, while many residential areas, production workshops and rural areas are experiencing power cuts on a regular basis, many urban areas and entertainment centres are lit up overnight.

Ten rural families will have a bulb lit and a fan operating for every air conditioner that is turned off in an urban area. In other words, saving electricity should receive a greater response from people across all social strata.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Voluntary blood donation requires a higher sense of social responsibility and duty

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Voluntary blood donation requires a higher sense of social responsibility and duty

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

The campaign for voluntary blood donation has received a positive response from all sections of people. However, there remains a lot to be done before it becomes a nationwide movement.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Vietnam needs nearly 2 million units of blood for emergency and treatment every year. In fact, approximately 700,000 units are provided to hospitals of which 59 percent come from voluntary blood donations to meet only 30 percent of the health sector’s needs. Consequently, many hospitals have fallen short of blood and patients often have to wait 5-10 days to get a blood transfusion.

In fact, there have been many serious emergencies, even cases of death since there is not enough blood to provide for transfusions in time.

To date, scientists from many countries around the world including Vietnam have still failed to find an artificial substitute for human blood. Therefore, people are required to donate blood.

In 2009, the Prime Minister decided to encourage the public to donate blood voluntarily. As a result, the campaign for voluntary blood donations has spread far and wide with an increasing number of donors ready to help save other people’s lives.

However, the volume of blood donated by volunteers in Vietnam is much lower than Singapore and the Republic of Korea, meeting only 30 percent of the present-day requirements.

Participants in the blood donation campaign are mostly young people, while many State employees and managers are reluctant as they think blood donation is a “private business” concerning the healthcare sector only.

It is high time that people regarded giving blood as a noble obligation, said State President Nguyen Minh Triet.

In a letter sent to people on Blood Donation Day, Mr Triet called on individuals, collectives and particularly managers to take part in blood donation campaign to help save people’s lives.

One reason is that not a few still hesitate to donate blood for fear of affecting their own health.

Moreover, the blood donation campaign has been launched only in major cities and at universities and not in State agencies or rural areas. Therefore, it is essential to encourage more people to take part in the campaign to turn it into a social movement.

In the Summer of 2009, the campaign “Drops of blood from the Vietnam Red Cross Society” collected more than 140,000 units for hospitals to save many people’s lives.

So, everyone should donate blood even if they are old or young, rich or poor, male or female.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Social responsibility sharpens corporate competiveness

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm

– In the context of increasing international integration, local businesses are working to develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a new competitive edge alongside improving product pricing and quality.

Recalling a story 20 years ago when Binh Tien Consumer Goods Company (Biti’s) first received requests from major European and American partners to inspect its CSR implementation, the former export director Nguyen Van Toan said the move has brought the company a lot of benefits.

After first feeling confusesd about customer demands to see payrolls, talk directly with workers and examine the canteen, Biti’s leaders eventually understood the importance of these requirements.

Toan said Biti’s successfully sought more large clients because the “good performance of CSR is the best way of advertisement to partners.”

A survey conducted by the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs at 24 labour-intensive garment and leather shoe enterprises showed that due to the strict execution of CSR, their revenues grow by 25 percent per year and the productivity also increases remarkably.

In addition to economic gains, surveyed businesses have benefited in the long term from building a strong reputation with partners and public alike, alongside attracting workers, particularly skilled ones.

In 2005, the annual “Corporate Responsibility Award” was initiated and has received a positive response from business circles.

More than 60 garment and shoe companies have to date been honoured with the award for social responsibility initiatives that bring better benefits to workers, the society and the environment.

However, CSR has mainly been applied to businesses that produce goods for export to such major markets as the European Union (EU), the United States and Japan.

According to the director of the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs, Nguyen Huu Dung, Vietnam needs to work out a clear roadmap for the CSR performance for local businesses in line with its economic development and international integration.

Carey Zesiger, project development director of the consulting group Global Standards, said Vietnam’s competitive strength in a number of key industries will be improved strongly if it strictly implements CSR issues.-