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Hanoi seeks to destroy red-eared turtles

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:16 am

The Hanoi City People’s Committee on Tuesday instructed relevant authorities to draft measures to destroy all red-eared turtles that have appeared in Guom (Sword) Lake.

The Hoan Kiem turtle carries a red-eared turtle on its back on December 19 (Photo: VnExpress)

The surging number of the red-eared turtles (Trachemys scripta), one of the most dangerous invasive species in the world, have threatened other species in the lake.


In a document, sent out Tuesday to a number of departments, including Sciences and Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources and Environment, and Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee, the Hanoi administration ordered them to report on ways to destroy the red-eared turtles before December 31.


According to VnExpress online newspaper, scientists have expressed concerns that the Sword Lake’s color will not be green any more, if the red-eared turtles eat the algae.


They are also worried that the red-eared turtles is nibbling on the Guom turtle’s soft-shell, as it clings to its back.


The Sword Lake turtle is a fresh water species, which is in high danger of extinction. Therefore it is has been listed in the Vietnam Red Book.


Related article:
Red ear turtles intrude Hoan Kiem Lake

Source: SGGP

US envoy seeks Chinese help to ease Korea crisis

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:12 am

A top U.S. envoy sought China’s help Thursday in easing the threat of war on the Korean peninsula, hoping to gain insights about a Chinese official’s recent meeting with North Korea’s absolute leader, Kim Jong Il.


Stephen Bosworth met with Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, Senior Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei and Wang Jiarui, director of the International Department of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. Bosworth was expected to travel to Japan later Thursday.


“Ambassador Bosworth and Chinese counterparts had useful consultations on how to coordinate moving forward in dealing with North Korea,” a U.S. Embassy statement said.

A body guard, left, tries to shield off journalists while U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth, second right, walks out of an exit upon arrival at the Capital Airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirmed Bosworth’s meetings. “The sides agreed to remain in contact on maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and over the six-party talks,” Hong told a news conference. The talks on North Korea’s nuclear program involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia, but have been on hold for nearly two years.


Bosworth had been expected to ask China for information on last month’s talks in Pyongyang between North Korean leader Kim and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Beijing’s top foreign policy official. China has come under growing pressure to push North Korea, its close ally, to change its behavior after the communist country shelled a South Korean island late last year, killing four people.


North Korea will be a key issue during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington later this month.


Bosworth met Wednesday in Seoul with South Korean officials and said he was hopeful for “serious negotiations” soon on the North.


In Washington on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held “lengthy discussions” on North Korea and ironed out details of Hu’s visit Jan. 19, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.


Crowley said both the United States and China want stability on the Korean peninsula. “Neither one of us wants to see the emergence of a North Korea that is a nuclear state,” he said. “We hope that coming out of the visit and the discussions with President Hu Jintao we would have a consensus on the best way to move forward.”


Also on Wednesday, North Korea called for “unconditional and early” talks with South Korea to end months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, as insincere and said it was waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.


Tensions between the two Koreas have been at their highest level in years since North Korea showered artillery on a South Korean-held island near their disputed maritime border in November, killing four South Koreans. The attack was the first on a civilian area since the 1950-53 Korean War, and occurred in waters not far from the spot where a torpedo sank a South Korean warship eight months earlier, killing 46 sailors.


The attack on the warship was also blamed on the North — an allegation the country denies.


But North Korea has made some conciliatory moves recently. On New Year’s Day, the government issued a lengthy statement calling for warmer ties and the resumption of joint projects with South Korea. Pyongyang, eager for food and fuel assistance, has said it wants stalled nuclear disarmament talks to restart.


Washington and Seoul have said the North must first fulfill past nuclear disarmament commitments before talks can resume.

Source: SGGP

Anti-Imperialist Court seeks justice for dioxin victims

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




Anti-Imperialist Court seeks justice for dioxin victims


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Thousands of delegates in the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students attended the ‘Anti-Imperialist Court’ held on December 19 as an important part of the event.


Participants presented evidence of the crimes against humanity committed by imperialism. The Vietnamese delegation took part in a hearing that condemned the US using Agent Orange/dioxin in the Vietnam War, which caused severe lasting consequences in Vietnam. The delegation also called for international friends’ support in the lawsuit for justice for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange poisoning.


The speech by the Vietnamese delegation articulated that from 1961-1971, the US launched about 20,000 sorties to spray about 80 million litres of the poisonous chemicals onto 25,000 hamlets and villages in Vietnam, destroying more than 3 million hectares of natural forest, and leaving about 4.8 million local people infected with dioxin.


Representatives said it was one the most dastardly crimes in human history, with severe and long-term impact on Vietnam.


On January 30, 2004, the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin began legal action against 37 US chemical companies. However, the Supreme Court of the US rejected the trial of this lawsuit in 2009.


Despite this, Vietnam has persevered in pursuing this lawsuit and seeking support from the international community. This effort directly involved the human kind’s joint struggle against war and the use of weapons of mass destruction.


A Vietnamese delegate, who is also a second-generation AO victim, spoke about the aftermath of the dioxin poisoning.


Tran Thi Hoan, 24, made the hall silent as she walked with difficulty to the rostrum. She had handicapped legs, which remained from her knees upward. Her left arm was contracted and handless.


In fluent English, Ms Hoan told the audience about the obstacles and unhappiness of Vietnamese victims of AO, including herself, in daily life. Her story received empathy from many international friends.


Canadian delegate Drew Bowering said everyone in the court learned about the consequences caused by the US chemical agent and in his opinion all people needed to take responsibility in assisting dioxin victims. He stressed that he completely supported the struggle for justice for Vietnam’s dioxin victims in the lawsuit against American chemical companies.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Government seeks cut in workplace injuries

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm




Government seeks cut in workplace injuries


QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

The Government has earmarked 730 billion VND (36.5 million USD) for a national program that seeks to reduce fatal workplace accidents by at least 5 percent a year.


The five-year program, to begin next year, targets sectors with a high incidence of workplace accidents, like mining, construction, electricity, and metal and chemical production.


It also seeks to diagnose and treat more workers with occupational diseases and ensure an additional 2,000 small and medium-sized enterprises adopt workplace safety regulations every year.


Safety training courses will be provided for 40,000 workers in sectors requiring strict adherence to safety regulations and a further 10,000 who work in toxic and dangerous environments.


The program will help train 40,000 safety officials and provide consultancy and technical assistance to improve working conditions and reduce accidents at small and medium-sized firms.


Workplace accidents have been an increasing concern in the country in recent times.


According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, there were 2,611 workplace accidents in the first six months.


Last year there were more than 6,000 accidents which killed 550 workers and seriously injured 1,221 others.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Chavez seeks power to rule by decree for 1 year

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asked congress Tuesday to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.


The measure, which quickly received initial approval from the overwhelming majority of pro-Chavez lawmakers, would give the president the authority to bypass the National Assembly for the fourth time since he was first elected almost 12 years ago.


Vice President Elias Jaua made the request on Chavez’s behalf, saying the president will use the authorization to ensure fast-track approval of laws aimed at helping the nation recover from severe flooding and mudslides that left thousands homeless and in government shelters.


“The measures we have to take are deep. Almost 40 percent of the country was affected” by the heavy rains, Jaua said.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez carries a baby as he waits for the arrival of Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa at the Fort Tiuna military base in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

Only five of the assembly’s 165 lawmakers voted against the proposal Tuesday. The legislature, which is dominated by Chavez allies, is expected to give final approval to the measure before the end of the week.


Chavez’s opponents accuse him of using the natural disaster to impose socialist-inspired measures and undermine the power of newly elected opposition lawmakers.


Hundreds of Chavez opponents protested outside the legislature Tuesday, saying Chavez is violating democratic principles and objecting to other planned laws that could impose regulations on the Internet and endanger Globovision, the country’s last stridently anti-Chavez television channel.


Decrees planned in the next two weeks include laws to speed construction of housing and roads and increase the value-added tax, Jaua said.


“The situation continues to be critical, and we need to tend to it with a set of laws,” Chavez said while visiting a Caracas military base along with President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.


Chavez said he has yet to determine how much to raise the value-added tax, which is now 12 percent. He said the government estimates damage from the heavy rains at about $10 billion.


A draft of the law says Chavez is also seeking powers to issue decrees in areas including the country’s “socio-economic system,” telecommunications, the banking system, information technology, the military, rural and urban land use, and a “new geographical regionalization of the country.”


“All of these laws will be within the framework of the constitution,” Chavez said on state television.


Newly elected opposition lawmaker Julio Borges said the measures being taken up by the National Assembly in its final days go against the will of the voters.


“As elected deputies, we’re asking for a meeting between the new assembly and the old one, so that people are respected — the voters and the constitution,” Borges told reporters.


Chavez announced the plan to seek decree powers Friday, and some critics suggested he intended to push through controversial measures during the holidays while many Venezuelans are focusing on their families.


Opposition newspaper editor Teodoro Petkoff called it a “Christmas ambush,” writing in his daily Tal Cual that Chavez is preparing totalitarian measures that amount to “a brutal attack … against democratic life.”


In his nearly 12 years in office, the leftist Chavez has been granted temporary decree powers three times by lawmakers, in 1999, 2001 and 2007.


The last time, he enjoyed special legislative powers for 18 months and used them to seize control of privately run oil fields, impose new taxes and nationalize telecommunications, electricity and cement companies.

Chavez supporters have dominated the National Assembly since the opposition boycotted 2005 elections, but the opposition gained ground in September elections.

Starting Jan. 5, Chavez will face 66 opponents among the 165 lawmakers, a group large enough to challenge some government measures and prevent him from holding a two-thirds majority — the threshold needed to approve some laws, such as granting the president decree powers.

Source: SGGP

Japan eco-fair seeks to reach next generation

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

TOKYO, Dec 16, 2010 (AFP) – Japanese schoolchildren in yellow scarves, blue hats and red caps buzzed through an eco-products fair — a green show-and-tell for high tech companies seeking to enthuse a new generation.


Educational workshops and corporate booths at Eco-Products 2010, one of the country’s largest environmental exhibitions, last week showed off ways to save and sustain the planet that these youngsters will soon inherit.


“Do you know how we can separate different plastics used in a refrigerator after it is crushed?” asked an engineer from Mitsubishi Electric, one of more than 700 exhibitors that filled the large trade fair hall.


A lot of blank faces stared back — but soon the children tried the process for themselves, shaking up clear plastic bottles filled with water and a mixture of scraps of different plastic components.


“If we put the plastic scraps in the water, some float and others sink, so you can make an initial separation,” said the engineer, explaining the concept behind Mitsubishi Electric’s industrial-scale recycling processes.


In the next stage of the experiment, the children spun the remaining scraps in a second, dry bottle, with some bits sticking to the side because of static electricity and others sliding to the bottom.


The theme of the exhibition — held at Tokyo Big Sight, a futuristic harbourside conference centre topped by a giant inverted pyramid — was “Green x Clean Revolution! Expand the power to connect lives to the world”.


The fair drew a record of more than 180,000 visitors in three days, including some 20,000 students from in and around Tokyo, organisers said.


To stay true to its green message, the fair was powered by wind, solar and biomass energy sources, and paper entry tickets were replaced with bar-codes emailed to guests’ cellphones and scanned on the way into the fair.


On display were eco-products from home appliances to hybrid and electric cars, but also energy and chemical applications, and sustainable and non-polluting methods of making paper and other materials.


Also pushing eco-education with games and quizzes were other electronics giants such as Sony, Fujitsu and Toshiba, which showed off green products from mini-wind farms to solar-powered toy cars.


Many of the stands also featured manga and anime cartoons — including hugely popular “future cat” Doraemon — as well as pictures and pronunciation guides for tech jargon to teach their impressionable young audience, many of whom embraced the message.


“The Earth is being degraded and we must fix it,” said one of the students, nine-year-old Ryunosuke Takagi.


“Coming here, I can really learn about new energy sources, and I am really amazed at the techniques that have been devised to better preserve the environment. It’s frankly very interesting,” he said.


Nature, the need to preserve it and, occasionally, its destructive wrath, are ever-present in Japan — a volcanic island-nation that is regularly battered by earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons.


With precious few energy and mineral resources of its own, Japan was hard hit by the 1973 oil crisis, which sent its companies and citizens scrambling for ways to save on oil, water and electricity.


They have helped make Japan a leader in green technology — from hybrid and electric cars, to light emitting diodes, solar cells, new power systems, and even water-saving electronically-controlled toilets.


Companies have found that ecology sells.


“Our goal is to sell products that are less polluting — in the production phase, during use and when they are recycled,” said Machiko Miyai, director of Panasonic’s green electronics and appliances division.


Another student, Genki Watanabe, 10, said he was captivated by the cutting-edge environmental technologies: “It’s awfully nice to be here, we are taught so many things. I want to come every year.”

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Source: SGGP

US and China sign trade deals, Beijing seeks more

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

WASHINGTON, Dec 15, 2010 (AFP) – The United States and China agreed Wednesday to pursue free trade in areas from agriculture to technology, but Beijing insisted that Washington needed to loosen its own export controls.


Top officials from the world’s two largest economies met for two days in Washington to try to iron out persistent tensions — including over the value of China’s currency, which the United States says is artificially low.

AFP file – The United States and China agreed to pursue free trade in areas from agriculture to technology

President Barack Obama’s administration, which has been hit hard by economic worries, offered an upbeat take on the talks and highlighted China’s willingness to restart talks on resuming US beef imports.


The United States said China also pledged to remain “neutral” on the technological standards for third-generation telephones along with smart grids, so as to permit market access for American companies.


“We were able to make progress on significant issues in a number of areas, and on other issues we have established channels that will allow us to continue our robust engagement and pursue timely solutions,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said.


Vice Premier Wang Qishan, who headed the 100-strong Chinese delegation, said the two sides had a “candid exchange of views on China-US economic cooperation.”


“We’ve reached many agreements and produced positive outcomes,” he told reporters.


But the Chinese side also called for the United States to relax its export controls — turning the tables on the United States, which frequently presses Beijing to open its markets.


“In our efforts to increase our imports, we very much hope that those countries still having a trade deficit vis-a-vis China could lift or relax export controls towards China,” Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming said.


“Therefore if the United States could offer substantial export facilitation to China, and allow an increase of its exports to China, this would be a help against the high unemployment rate in the United States today,” he said.


The United States restricts a range of goods to China that are “dual-use” — meaning that the technology could be put to military use. US businesses have also long worried about counterfeiting of products in China.


US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said that China agreed to do more to crack down on theft of intellectual property theft.


“We expect to see concrete and measurable results, including increased purchase and use of legal software, steps to eradicate the piracy of electronic journals, more effective rules for addressing Internet piracy and a crackdown on landlords who rent space to counterfeiters in China,” Kirk said.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pointed to “progress” over US beef, which was banned by China among other countries in 2003 over concerns about mad-cow disease.


“Technical talks will resume as soon as possible with the goal of reopening China’s market in early 2011,” Vilsack said.


US officials said that China also pledged to keep off the books rules on “indigenous innovation,” which state that high-tech goods must hold Chinese intellectual property rights. China rescinded such guidelines early this year after an international outcry.


Topping other concerns, US officials — and particularly members of Congress — have pressed China to let its currency appreciate, accusing Beijing of keeping its yuan low to pump out more exports.


Chen said China “has stated again and again its firm position” that it will reform its yuan “to improve the flexibility of the exchange rate regime and also to stabilize the value of the currency.”


But Chen questioned if the size of the US trade surplus had been overestimated, saying that China often exports back finished products made of components imported from the United States.


Such trade “is hardly affected by the fluctuations of currencies,” he said.


Many analysts believe that China is determined to move methodically on its currency rates, fearing that any sudden revaluation would jolt its manufacturing hubs and trigger social instability.

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Source: SGGP

Saigontourist seeks Japanese investment for new hotel projects

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:38 am




Saigontourist seeks Japanese investment for new hotel projects


QĐND – Sunday, December 12, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s leading tourism company Saigontourist said it is looking for Japanese partners to invest in the development of 12 new hotels and tourism complexes.


General Director Nguyen Huu Tho said the company announced details of the projects to around 70 Japanese companies at a real estate conference in Tokyo late last month.


He said Saigontourist is looking for both capital investment and management cooperation.


“Many investors have made appointments for further discussion and the first meeting will be held in Ho Chi Minh City this month,” Tho said, noting that Japanese investors are, in general, very interested in business opportunities in Vietnam.


He said Saigontourist also plans to buy hotels in Japan as an attempt to expand its operation.


The tourism firm now operates around 100 hotels, resorts and restaurants around the country. It posted revenues of VND8.2 trillion (US$420.6 million) last year and planned to boost the figure to $1 billion in 2015.


The company plans to add 4,000 new rooms to its hotel system in the next five years.


Source: TBKTSG Online/Thanh Nien 


 


Source: QDND

Russia summit seeks to save tiger from extinction

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 4:26 am

Quang Ninh seeks foreign investors

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm