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Geithner denies dollar manipulation, slams Greenspan

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 4:52 am

Typhoon Mindulle slams into central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

The eye of storm Mindulle, the third of the year, made landfall at about 4 pm on August 24 in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces, with gusts topping 117 kilometers per hour, delivering high winds and heavy rains to the central coastal provinces and causing huge losses.

A house along the coast in Ha Tinh Province destroyed by huge waves and high winds delivered by Typhoon Mindulle (Photo: SGGP)

Rainfall averaged between 150-330mm in Nghe An, with winds gusting to 107 kilometers an hour, according to the National Hydrometeorological Forecast Center.

The high winds uprooted many trees on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Le Hong Phong and Phan Dang Luu streets in Vinh City, and motorcyclists could barely ride in the strong winds.

Waves rose highly, overflowing into houses and shops along the coast in Cua Lo Town.

Rain falls of 300mm were recorded in Ha Tinh Province, and water levels in rivers increased rapidly.

Waves lapped fiercely and winds gusted to 62-88 kilometers an hour in the province’s coastal areas.

Nguyen Thien, deputy chairman of the province People’s Committee, said the province had asked 14,643 residents in 26 communes in coastal and river mouth areas to evacuate before the storm came.

Rainfall was between 70-150mm with the heaviest fall 343mm on Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai Province.

Quang Tri Province recorded 202mm; Quang Binh Province, 278mm; and Thua Thien-Hue Province, 181mm.


A whirlwind injured 11 people while 312 houses were unroofed in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

A whirlwind also unroofed 15 houses in Vinh Linh, Hai Lang and Con Co districts, Quang Tri Province.

Heavy rains and whirlwinds submerged 10,500 hectares of summer-autumn rice in Hai Tinh Province, 91,000 hectares of farms in Nghe An Province, 15,000 hectares of rice in Quang Binh Province, and thousands of hectares of rice in Hai Lang, Trieu Phong, Gio Linh and Vinh Linh Districts, Quang Tri Province.

Many provincial streets were flooded up to almost one meter.

Fishing  boats

A fishing boat with 10 fishermen has been still missing in Da Nang Province. The engine on that boat was failed when the boat went to a safe anchorage area in the morning of August 23.

A cargo ship with 12 sailors had been in accidents on sea in Nghe An Province, and a rescue boat sank while trying to salvage the ship.

Two fishing boats sank too in the province when berthing.

A whirlwind sank and destroyed four boats in Quang Tri.

A cargo vessel with six sailors sank in Thanh Hoa Province in the afternoon of August 24, however, all the sailors were saved by fishermen.

Due to the storm, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines announced the cancellation of some domestic flights on August 24.

Source: SGGP

Clinton vows support for Georgia, slams Russian “occupation”

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reassured Georgia on Monday with a pledge of continued support and criticised Russia’s “occupation” of two breakaway Georgian regions.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the Georgian Women Leaders Association members at the Georgian National Library in Tbilisi on Monday, July 5, 2010

On her first visit to the ex-Soviet country as secretary of state, Clinton told a group of women leaders that Washington would also keep pushing for further democratic reforms in Georgia.

“We continue to object to and criticise actions by Russia which we believe are wrong and on the top of the list is the invasion and occupation of Georgia,” Clinton said shortly after arriving in the capital Tbilisi as part of a regional tour.

“The United States supports the Georgian people, we support Georgian democracy,” she said.

Clinton was due to meet later with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who will be looking for reassurances Washington has not abandoned support for his country amid a “reset” in relations with Moscow.

Tbilisi is hoping Clinton will take a hard line on Russia’s military presence in the rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and that she will reiterate US support for Georgia’s hopes of joining the NATO military alliance.

Clinton urged further reforms in Georgia, saying a vibrant democracy and economy were key for it to regain control of the rebel territories.

“The more vibrant, effective a democracy and economy Georgia becomes, a greater contrast there will be between South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia,” she said.

Clinton was on the final stop of a tour of eastern European and Caucasus region countries that has also taken her to Ukraine, Poland, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

She is also due to meet opposition leaders in Georgia, who have accused Saakashvili of stepping back from democratic reforms after coming to power in the country’s 2003 pro-Western Rose Revolution.

Saakashvili enjoyed extremely close ties with former US president George W. Bush, who famously declared the country a “beacon of liberty” in a 2005 speech to thousands of cheering Georgians in central Tbilisi.

Georgia has even named a main road from the airport after Bush.

Relations have cooled under President Barack Obama, however, after Saakashvili’s international reputation was damaged by a 2007 crackdown on opposition protesters and by his handling of Georgia’s 2008 war with Russia.

Georgia has downplayed the cooling in relations and contributed nearly 1,000 troops to fight alongside US forces in Afghanistan in a bid to build closer ties with the new administration.

US officials have repeatedly voiced support for Georgia’s territorial integrity after the 2008 war, which saw Russian forces pour into the country to repel a Georgian military assault on Moscow-backed South Ossetia.

Russia after the war recognised South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states, a move that has been followed by only a handful of countries. Russia has since established permanent military bases and deployed hundreds of troops and border guards in the regions.

During a visit to Tbilisi a year ago, US Vice President Joe Biden said Washington continued to back Georgia’s territorial integrity and its bid to join NATO but also called for progress on democratic reforms.


Source: SGGP

Party turns to horror as Spanish train slams revellers

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 am

CASTELLDEFELS, Spain, June 24, 2010 (AFP) – “In three seconds there were bodies everywhere,” said Marcelo Carmona, who watched helplessly as an express train ploughed into revellers crossing a railway track in northeastern Spain, killing 13.

Carmona was one of hundreds of people who had arrived at Castelldefels, a town of some 63,000 people just south of Barcelona, on a local train just before midnight to attend the annual San Juan festivities at its beach.

Women cry outside the Legal Medicine Institute of Barcelona where the bodies of the victims of a train crash were sent for identification on June 24, 2010. AFP

He said the youths who packed the train were “euphoric” at the prospect of the bonfires, fireworks and dancing traditionally held on the sands by the little station to celebrate the start of summer.

“When the doors opened, I stayed behind with my family. The younger ones headed for an underpass but it is very narrow and it immediately became full,” Carmona, a Bolivian, told reporters at the site of the accident.

“A wave of passengers crossed the tracks by foot. Then a train arrived at great speed. It made several warning sounds,” he added.

The passenger train, travelling from the southeastern city of Alicante to Barcelona, struck a group of some 30 people caught in the middle of the track.

“Everyone was screaming and crying, they were in a state of shock,” said Carmona.

Amateur video images taken right after the accident broadcast on Spanish television showed a young man carrying an injured woman to one of the dozens of ambulances which had raced to the scene.

Small groups of youngsters embraced, their clothes lit up by the flashing lights of the vehicles of emergency services. Some wept or held their hands to their heads as they looked at the bodies strewn around them.

Castelldefels mayor Joan Sau said a footbridge over the tracks was closed in October due to remodelling works at the train station and it was replaced by the underground passageway.

Some witnesses said many people were unsure how to get across the tracks when they found the entrance to the footbridge closed.

“We were disoriented, we did not know which exit to take, where to go. There were a lot of people,” said Candy Carmona who arrived at Castelldefels with a group of friends on the same commuter train as the victims.

Claudio Lucero, the Chilean owner of a small supermarket located just in front of the station, said the express train did not sound its warning siren “until the last moment.”

“Last night, all the trains were packed and there were people everywhere on the platform. Having seen that at previous stations, the driver could have travelled a bit slower,” he added.

State-owned rail network Renfe said the train which struck the passengers was travelling below the recommended speed when it passed through the station.

A human body and some body parts were still visible on the tracks hours after the accident amid dozens of police, medics, firefighters and Red Cross workers.

Teams of forensic workers scoured the tracks for body parts. Officials said the task of identifying the victims is expected to be complicated because the bodies were smashed to pieces by the force of the impact.

The remains were taken in 20 sacks to a medical institute in Barcelona, where their loved ones gathered in the afternoon.

“I’m sad for my son’s friend who’s inside,” said Yolanda Flores, an Ecuadorian woman whose two children narrowly escaped the accident.

“His mother is looking for him everywhere in the hospitals. She doesn’t want to believe that he is here with the other bodies.”

Lucero, the owner of the supermarket at the train station, questioned the attitude of the police at the scene before the accident.

“Several hours before, they stopped kids who were crossing the tracks on foot. Rather than dissuading them, they frisked them. They seemed to be more interested in seeing what they had in their knapsacks,” he said.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam slams China’s East Sea tourism plan

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Vietnam slams China’s East Sea tourism plan

QĐND – Thursday, June 24, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has decried a Chinese plan to build and develop the Hainan international tourism island, covering the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagos, and reaffirmed its indisputable sovereignty over the two archipelagos.

At a regular press briefing in Hanoi on June 24, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga said the National Development and Reform Commission of China recently approved a plan to develop the Hainan tourism island from 2010 to 2020, a plan which specifies that a marine-based complex managed by Hainan province includes the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos. The plan encourages the launch of more air and sea routes to Hoang Sa and the registration of usage rights to uninhabited islands there.

This act seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, and runs counter to common agreements reached by the two countries’ top leaders, as well as going against the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) that China and other ASEAN countries signed in 2002, said Ms Nga.

The spokesperson quoted point 5 of the DOC, saying parties concerned have agreed to restrain themselves from expanding, complicating disputes and affecting peace and stability in the East Sea, including activities to reside on uninhabited islands there. The parties have also agreed to settle disputes through constructive means.

Vietnam demands that China put an immediate end to this violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and strictly observe the DOC, said Ms Nga.

She also said a Foreign Ministry representative met with a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on June 22 to protest the plan.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

US slams BP, but awaits latest bid to plug oil leak

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:20 am

China executes Briton over drugs; Brown slams decision

In World on December 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

 China on Tuesday executed a British citizen caught smuggling heroin, the British Foreign Office said, in a move quickly condemned by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Akmal Shaikh‘s family and the British government had appealed for clemency, arguing the former businessman suffered from bipolar disorder. The Chinese supreme court rejected the appeal saying there was insufficient grounds.

“I condemn the execution of Akmal Shaikh in the strongest terms, and am appalled and disappointed that our persistent requests for clemency have not been granted,” Brown said in a statement issued by the British Foreign Office.

“I am particularly concerned that no mental health assessment was undertaken.”

China had yet to publicly confirm Shaikh had been executed in the western city of Urumqi at the time Brown made the statement. Shaikh had been due to be executed on Tuesday morning.

Shaikh was still “hopeful” when relatives met him in Urumqi this weekend, his cousin Soohail Shaikh told reporters at Beijing airport late on Monday night.

“We beg the Chinese authorities for mercy and clemency to help reunite the heartbroken family,” Soohail Shaikh had said.

Brown last week asked China not to execute Shaikh, who was born in Pakistan and moved to Britain as a boy. While not leading to any diplomatic rift, the case could harden public opinion in Britain against China, and also rile Chinese public opinion.

The two countries recently traded accusations over the troubled Copenhagen climate change negotiations.

Shaikh’s defenders, including British rights group Reprieve which lobbies against the death penalty, say he was tricked into smuggling the heroin by a gang who promised to make him a pop star. Arrested in 2007, a Chinese court rejected his final appeal on December 21.

Reprieve posted on the Internet a recording Shaikh made of a song, “Come Little Rabbit”, which it described as “dreadful” but which Shaikh believed would be an international hit and help bring about world peace.

He would be the first European citizen to be executed in China since 1951, Western rights groups say.

Shaikh’s family says he suffered from bipolar disorder, and was tricked into becoming a mule by a smuggling gang who promised him a music recording contract.

“This is not about how much we hate the drug trade. Britain as well as China are completely committed to take it on,” the British Foreign Secretary, David Milliband, said in a statement emailed to reporters. “The issue is whether Mr. Shaikh has become an additional victim of it.”

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Thaksin slams Thai govt in Cambodia speech

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 at 10:26 am

Fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra accused his country’s rulers of “false patriotism” as he delivered a lecture in his new role as Cambodia’s economic adviser Thursday.

The billionaire, ousted in a 2006 coup and living abroad to avoid jail for graft, addressed some 300 members of business and government at Cambodia’s finance ministry amid tensions over Phnom Penh’s refusal to extradite him.

“I see a lot of synergy between your country and mine. What is good for you will also be good for my country. Of course not all my compatriots see it that way right now,” Thaksin said.

“I do not believe those who do not share our vision right now are myopic. Their domestic political compulsions force them to false patriotism. Let’s pray that they too will one day appreciate this partnership for the best,” he added.

Security officials ushered reporters out of the room three minutes into the Thaksin lecture titled, “Cambodia and the World after the Financial Crisis”.

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (left) and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen give a press conference in Cambodia.

Cambodia outraged Thailand on Wednesday by rejecting its request to extradite Thaksin, saying the charges on which the ousted Thai leader had been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison were politically motivated.

Cambodian Finance Minister Keat Chhon praised Thaksin’s reduction of rural poverty and introduction of universal healthcare in Thailand as “eye-catching policies that distinguished him from his predecessors”.

After his lecture Thaksin planned to visit the famed Angkor Wat temple and may play golf with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, said cabinet spokesman Phay Siphan.

He has been warmly received by close ally Hun Sen, although Cambodian officials have said he will only stay in the country for two or three days and is not intending to live there. Profile: Thaksin’s political life

When Thai diplomats handed over papers for Thaksin’s extradition on Wednesday, Cambodian officials promptly handed them back a formal refusal letter.

In Bangkok, around 120 protesters and 30 taxi drivers with their vehicles rallied outside the Cambodian embassy and delivered an open letter telling Hun Sen not to interfere in Thailand’s judiciary, police said.

Dozens of police were deployed at the building.

Thailand and Cambodia recalled their ambassadors last week as the quarrel escalated. Bangkok also put all talks and cooperation programmes on hold and tore up an oil and gas exploration deal signed during Thaksin’s time in power.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Wednesday condemned Cambodia’s refusal to send Thaksin back, and said he had halted aid programmes for the neighbouring country, which is still impoverished after decades of war.

Tensions were already high between the two nations following a series of clashes over disputed territory near an ancient temple and the row threatens to mar a weekend summit of regional leaders with US President Barack Obama.

Twice-elected Thaksin fled Thailand in August 2008, a month before a court sentenced him to two years in jail in a conflict of interest case. He had returned to Thailand just months earlier for the first time since the coup.

But he has retained huge influence in Thai politics by stirring up protests against the current government, and analysts said that in his close friend Hun Sen he had found a new way of pushing his campaign for a return to power.

Thailand’s government upped the pressure on Thaksin this week by accusing him of offending the revered monarchy after he was quoted by the website of British newspaper The Times as calling for reform of royal institutions.

Defaming the monarchy, led by 81-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is a crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail in Thailand. The king has been in hospital since September with a lung and chest infection.

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