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Italian authorities seek to stop violent garbage protests

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

ROME, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – Authorities planned Sunday to temporarily halt waste deliveries to try to stop violent protests over a garbage tip outside Naples as clashes erupted again overnight between police and demonstrators.


Hundreds of people joined more demonstrations late Saturday in Terzigno and overnight several dozen protestors hurled rocks at police who responded with tear gas, according to footage broadcast by Sky TG-24 television.


At least six officers have been injured in the clashes, officials said.


In a bid to calm tensions over the waste crisis, Italy’s security chief Guido Bertolaso late Saturday signed a plan to halt delivery of waste to the tip at Terzigno for three days.

Riot police scatters demonstartors protesting against the opening of a new dump on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius in Terzigno on October 23, 2010. AFP

It also calls for the decision on whether to open a second garbage tip to be postponed indefinitely provided the demonstrations stop.


These moves to resolve the waste crisis are set to be examined Sunday by the towns concerned in the Naples region whose mayors are later expected to meet with Bertolaso to sign off on the plan.


The protestors’ blockade of Terzigno’s existing dump has caused 2,400 tonnes of rubbish to pile up in the streets of Naples, the official responsible for the city’s hygiene, Paolo Giacomelli, said Saturday.


The proposed new dump, the biggest in Europe, would be 800 metres (875 yards) from the edge of Terzigno in the Vesuvius National Park, some 135 square kilometres (52 square miles) of outstanding natural beauty in the Bay of Naples.


The protected area of rare wildlife and plants includes Mount Vesuvius, best known for its volcanic eruption in 79 AD that destroyed the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.


The long-running waste issue has been blamed on a lack of local incinerators, and landfill sites controlled by the local mafia, the Camorra, some of which were used for the illegal dumping of toxic waste.


Meanwhile, the European environment commissioner, Janez Potocnik, said Saturday Italy faced legal action by the European Union and massive fines for failing to improve waste management around Naples.

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German NGO wants to stop funding for Phong Nha Ke Bang

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

KwF, a non-governmental organization from Germany, has said it wants to stop funding KwF pledged for the Phong Nha-Ke Bang nature conversation project because the project’s management board has infringed its commitments.

A view of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

The project was begun in October 2008 with aid from Germany worth EUR12.63 million.
 
On behalf of the German Government, KfW Entwicklungsbank and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation provides technical and financial assistance to the central province of Quang Binh, where Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is situated, and the Phong Nha Ke Bang park administration.
 
The poject, which would be implemented until 2016, is aimed to maintain the biological diversity in Quang Binh area, support the development of buffer zone, protect natural resources in the park, and reduce poverty for as many as possible of the 56,000 residents living there.
 
After nearly two years of implementation, many works of the project have become stagnant or yet to be developed.
 
Under the project, 4,250 hectares of forest have to be developed and over 11,000 hectares of existing forest have to be protected, of which total 600 hectares have to be developed and protected in 2010, but until now no tree has been planted.
 
KfW gave the management board over EUR350,000 for planting forest in July 2009, so far the board has disbursed only EUR114,000, but no tree has been grown.
 
The NGO has asked the board many times to provide records showing its disbursement in 2009, but the board has parried it.
 
On June 14, 2010, KfW sent a note to the province People’s Committee and Department of Planning and Investment, and the management board to ask the board to give it back the remaining EUR200,000 which has yet to be disbursed.
 
In the note, the bank said the province and the board have violated agreements signed between the province and the bank.
 
It said the board has not reacted effectively to clearance and burning of natural forest in the buffer zone, and taken the initiative in management of the project.
 
The bank also said that it doesn’t approve the board’s plans on activities and budget for 2010.
 
According to a survey by Sai Gon Giai Phong, seedlings cultivating farms in the province don’t meet required standards so about 30-50 percent of seedlings have died, but the board has failed to help farmers.
 
Under the project, farmers who join the project must be trained in cultivation, but many farmers said the training was very perfunctory and they couldn’t learn any things from it.

Source: SGGP

German NGO wants to stop funding for Phong Nha Ke Bang

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

KwF, a non-governmental organization from Germany, has said it wants to stop funding KwF pledged for the Phong Nha-Ke Bang nature conversation project because the project’s management board has infringed its commitments.

A view of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

The project was begun in October 2008 with aid from Germany worth EUR12.63 million.
 
On behalf of the German Government, KfW Entwicklungsbank and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation provides technical and financial assistance to the central province of Quang Binh, where Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is situated, and the Phong Nha Ke Bang park administration.
 
The poject, which would be implemented until 2016, is aimed to maintain the biological diversity in Quang Binh area, support the development of buffer zone, protect natural resources in the park, and reduce poverty for as many as possible of the 56,000 residents living there.
 
After nearly two years of implementation, many works of the project have become stagnant or yet to be developed.
 
Under the project, 4,250 hectares of forest have to be developed and over 11,000 hectares of existing forest have to be protected, of which total 600 hectares have to be developed and protected in 2010, but until now no tree has been planted.
 
KfW gave the management board over EUR350,000 for planting forest in July 2009, so far the board has disbursed only EUR114,000, but no tree has been grown.
 
The NGO has asked the board many times to provide records showing its disbursement in 2009, but the board has parried it.
 
On June 14, 2010, KfW sent a note to the province People’s Committee and Department of Planning and Investment, and the management board to ask the board to give it back the remaining EUR200,000 which has yet to be disbursed.
 
In the note, the bank said the province and the board have violated agreements signed between the province and the bank.
 
It said the board has not reacted effectively to clearance and burning of natural forest in the buffer zone, and taken the initiative in management of the project.
 
The bank also said that it doesn’t approve the board’s plans on activities and budget for 2010.
 
According to a survey by Sai Gon Giai Phong, seedlings cultivating farms in the province don’t meet required standards so about 30-50 percent of seedlings have died, but the board has failed to help farmers.
 
Under the project, farmers who join the project must be trained in cultivation, but many farmers said the training was very perfunctory and they couldn’t learn any things from it.

Source: SGGP

Russia declares emergency in battle to stop wildfires

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 7:20 am

MOSCOW, Aug 2, 2010 (AFP) – President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday declared a state of emergency in seven Russian regions over the worst wildfires in a generation as the death toll rose to 40.


Amid unusual public criticism that the authorities were slow to react to the spreading fires last week, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered regional governors at an urgent meeting to present a detailed reconstruction plan.

A Russian woman stands near the remains of her burnt out home in Voronezh on August 2, 2010. AFP

Medvedev declared the emergency in seven regions in European Russia — Mairi El, Mordovia, Vladimir, Voronezh, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Ryazan.


The decree allows the authorities to restrict public access to areas where their presence could pose a fire hazard, and to call on the armed forces to put out and prevent fires, according to a summary posted on the Kremlin website.


“Remember that any tossed away match can lead to an irreparable disaster. That is the way things are,” said Medvedev in a televised address.


“Our main task today is to help the victims return to normal life,” he added.


Putin also raised the possibility of calling in volunteers to reinforce the firefighters.


“Everyone and all our equipment are working to the limit…. If necessary, we could mobilise volunteers and personnel from businesses,” he said.


The health ministry said Monday that 40 people had died in the fires, raising the toll from 34.


The worst hit region has been Nizhny Novgorod with 19 deaths, but raging fires have also claimed lives in the Voronezh, Lipetsk, Moscow and Ryazan regions, the ministry added.


Russia’s Orthdox Patriarch Kirill I led a ceremony broadcast on television from Nizhny Novgorod, in which crowds of faithful prayed for rain.


At least 1,875 houses have been destroyed in fires, leaving more than 2,000 people homeless, the regional development ministry said Sunday, with around 128,000 hectares (316,000 acres) of land on fire.


On Monday alone, Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu said that wildfires in the southern Lipetsk region destroyed 50 homes after strong winds sent flames ripping through a village.


The emergencies ministry said that it had 155,000 people and more than 25,000 pieces of equipment on hand to fight what Medvedev has described as a once-in-a-generation catastrophe.


But the authorities have insisted they have the situation under control.


“Out of 1,200 fires, 620 have been extinguished, leaving 580” still burning, said Shoigu.


The Nizhny Novgorod branch of the emergency services said the fires were no longer spreading from the countryside to inhabited areas and the threat to towns and villages had been lifted.


Moscow itself was again blanketed Monday in a heavy smog generated from peat fires burning in the countryside, with the city centre permeated by a smell of smoke and the tops of skyscrapers invisible in the early morning.


Shoigu lashed out at residents for creating the conditions for fires with barbecues and camp fires during their weekend leisure activities.


“People need to understand… all the rules if they go into the forest. Our coming week of work depends on how they spent their days off.”


Putin, who has led the response to the disaster and visited some of the affected areas, issued stern instructions at a meeting with governors of the worst hit regions.


“I want plans of reconstruction for every region, every district, every house,” he said. “I want a list of all the injured signed by you — the governors,” he added.


The strongman, rarely criticised in Russia, found himself harangued by angry victims of the fires when he visited the Nizhny Novgorod region and later slammed local officials for their slack response.


A country notorious for its bitterly cold winters, Russia is enduring its severest heatwave for decades which has seen all-time temperature records tumble throughout July.


Forecasters have warned there is no chance of the heatwave relenting for the moment, with temperatures of between 35-42 degrees Celsius (95-107.6 degrees Fahrenheit) expected in Moscow and central Russia over the next days.

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Source: SGGP

Australia begins legal action to stop Japan whaling

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

TOKYO (AFP) – Australia has launched legal action at the International Court of Justice to stop Japan’s whaling programme, Japanese officials said Tuesday, calling the move “extremely regrettable”.


“We were informed that Australia has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice regarding research whaling. We will discuss how to deal with it,” said a fisheries agency official.


Hirofumi Hirano, Japan’s top government spokesman, said: “I think it is extremely regrettable. The Japanese government will deal with it properly, based on our position.”

Inflatable humpback whales with the Sydney Opera House (top), help to launch the official start of the whale watching season in Sydney on June 1, 2010. AFP photo

Japan defends whaling as part of its cultural tradition and hunts the ocean giants under a loophole in a 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling that allows lethal “scientific research”.


Australia has long protested the hunts, including annual whaling expeditions in Antarctic waters, and has in recent months hardened its stance, announcing last week that it would launch legal action in The Hague.


“We want to see an end to whales being killed in the name of science in the Southern Ocean,” said Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett last week, vowing “to bring a permanent end to whaling in the Southern Ocean”.


A Japanese foreign ministry official told AFP on Tuesday: “We are studying our strategy regarding the lawsuit. Details are yet to be decided, but we won’t disclose our strategy even after we make a decision.”

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Source: SGGP

‘Top kill’ fails to stop Gulf oil leak

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 at 5:16 am

Oil mixes with water off the coast May 29, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, Louisiana. AFP photo

Louisiana, May 29 (AFP) – BP’s “top kill” operation to plug the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico has failed, the energy giant said, in a stunning setback to efforts to stem the worst oil spill in US history.


BP and federal authorities said they are now turning to a new strategy to stop the leak, but it will take at least four to seven days before it can be put into place.


At least 20 million gallons are now estimated to have gushed into the ocean since the disaster unfolded five weeks ago, threatening an environmental and economic catastrophe across hundreds of kilometers of the US Gulf Coast.


“After three full days of attempting ‘top kill,’ we have been unable to overcome the flow from the well, so we now believe it’s time to move on to the next of our options,” BP Chief Operations Officer Doug Suttles told a press briefing.


President Barack Obama called the developments “enraging” and “heartbreaking.”


Engineers had spent days pumping some 30,000 barrels of heavy drilling fluid into the leaking well head on the ocean floor in a high-pressure bid to smother the gushing crude and ultimately seal the well with cement.


But the effort failed, and when asked specifically why, Suttles had no direct answer.


“We don’t know that for certain,” he said, adding that “we were unable to sustainably overcome the flow.”


The announcement marks the latest failure for BP, which despite a series of high-tech operations over the past month has appeared powerless to bring the disaster to heel since an explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig April 20 which killed eleven workers. The rig sank two days later.


The British energy giant had stressed that “top kill” was the best chance at stopping the leak other than drilling an entirely new relief well, a process that has already begun but is expected to take another two months.


“Obviously, we’re very disappointed in today’s announcement and I know all of you are anxious to see this well secured,” US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry told the briefing.


“It’s been our number one goal since day one, but we also want to assure you we’ve had a very, very aggressive response posture and we’re going to continue to do so,” she said.


Efforts will now focus on severing the damaged riser pipes that lay crumpled on the ocean floor, then installing a containment device that could capture the leaking oil and syphon it to the surface.


BP and the Coast Guard said it would take four to seven days before the contraption — dubbed the “Lower Marine Riser Package,” or LMRP — can be put in place.


And Suttle said even if LMRP works, it would only contain a majority of the oil and not all of it.


BP chief executive Tony Hayward said he was “disappointed” in the operation’s failure but stressed that company officials “remain committed to doing everything we can to make this situation right.”


The setback came a day after President Barack Obama visited the region for the second time since the oil spill began 40 days ago, in an attempt to bring new urgency to the response.


Obama toured some of the affected areas in Louisiana on Friday and pledged “to continue to do whatever it takes to help Americans whose livelihoods have been upended by the spill.”


Obama said he would triple the number of workers clearing up soiled beaches, after he saw the effects of the spill up close, picking up and examining tar balls that washed ashore in Louisiana.


“I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. You will not be abandoned. You will not be left behind,” he promised to local residents.


Since the oil spill began, an estimated 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of crude have been gushing into the Gulf each day.


The disaster has already closed stretches of coastal fishing waters, endangering the seafood industry and tourism businesses, and threatening a catastrophe for Louisiana marshes, home to many rare species.


Government data released Thursday suggested between 18.6 million gallons and 29.5 million gallons of oil have poured into the Gulf — far more than the roughly 11 million gallons of crude spilled in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster.


Amid the environmental catastrophe, there were also growing fears for the health of cleanup workers exposed to the oil and chemical dispersants.


Four more crewmen aboard ships helping burn off surface oil were evacuated to hospital late Friday after falling ill, a day after the Coast Guard announced that seven workers were evacuated for medical emergencies.


Landry said Saturday that the Coast Guard would continue to use subsea dispersants, chemicals which help break up the crude into droplets that can evaporate or biodegrade more quickly, but which critics say could be a health hazard.


On Saturday, Louisiana state officials called on BP to create a 300-million-dollar fund to mitigate the immediate and long-term impact of the spill on businesses and local residents.


State agencies also sent a letter to the British oil giant seeking another 457 million dollars to fund a 20-year seafood safety plan, warning that “the future of this industry is in peril.”

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Source: SGGP

BP launches ‘top kill’ to stop US oil leak

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:07 am

Clinton warns N.Korea to stop threats, provocation

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Fertiliser law urged to stop losses

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Stop contentious Hanoi-HCMC air route: PM

In Vietnam Travel on December 15, 2009 at 9:57 am








Vietnam has five airline operators. Domestic flights play an important role in economic development and national security (Photo: H.Son)

In response to a proposal by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Defense that the government should reject the controversial Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City air route, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung agreed to halt the project.


The project was conceived in 1983 by former military pilot Mai Trong Tuan who said a new, straight air route along the 106th meridian east would cut the flying distance and flight times between Hanoi and HCMC. This “Golden Air Route” would save a great deal of money, Tuan said.


But in an official statement November 30, the Ministry of Transport said the new route is just 60 km shorter than the current one and would take aircraft over the neighboring countries of Cambodia and Laos.


Airlines would have to pay fees to the other countries for use of their air space in addition to other international flight charges. The cost of flights would therefore increase by up to US$800 excluding passenger service charges, the statement said.
 
The PM also assigned the two ministries to work to improve the current Hanoi-HCM City air route to ensure economic growth and national security.


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