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Super Typhoon Megi can change direction

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

After hitting Vietnam’s East Sea, the super Typhoon Megi has grown stronger as it approached the Philippines’ Luzon Island, said the National Hydrometeorological Forecast Center.

      Storm Megi direction forecast

The eye of storm was located at 16.7 degrees north latitude and 118.1 degrees east longitude and around 620km to the east of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) with gusts from 183-221 kph at noon October 19.


The storm was forecast to move west-northwest with wind speeds of 10-15 kph in the next 24 hours and become stronger even over the next few days.

The storm eye is around 400km to the Hoang Sa Archipelago with gust of over 200kph on October 20 and will move between west-northwest and northwest with wind speed about 10 kph on 21.

Forecasters said waves off the east of East Sea could be great from 12- 14 meters.

According to the weather bureaus throughout the world, the super storm is forecast to head to China.

However, Megi, the strongest storm in the last 20 years in the Eastern East Sea and Pacific region, is a complicated typhoon. It can not give exact forecast of the super typhoon’s course.

In related news, 16 shipwrecked fishermen were rescued from their boat No.0106-Hoa Hai in the Hoang Sa Archipelago region by the Brunei’ naval ship in the evening of October 19. Sinking boat’s captain Nguyen Ngoc Sinh called his family to say they were safe on the same day.



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Source: SGGP

Super typhoon roars towards Philippines

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 am

MANILA (AFP) – Typhoon Megi gathered strength as it barrelled towards the northern Philippines on Monday, with authorities evacuating thousands of villagers to safer ground hours before it was to hit land.

Military rescuers and volunteers prepare life-saving equipment at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila. AFP

State weather forecasters said Megi has developed into a super typhoon and was expected to slam into the extreme northern Philippines by Monday and then cut westwards towards the East Sea (Vietnam).


It was then expected to hit China, becoming the country’s strongest typhoon this year and prompting the weather agency to issue its second-highest level of alert, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.


China warned its vessels to take shelter in ports and urged local authorities to prepare for emergencies caused by wind and rain, the report said.


Megi could uproot trees, blow away houses made of light material, trigger landslides and cause storm surges in coastal areas, Philippine authorities said as they began evacuating people from vulnerable areas.


It is expected to hit the northern province of Cagayan on Monday, and as of Sunday afternoon was already 450 kilometres (388 miles) east of the area, the state weather bureau said.


The storm was packing maximum winds of 195 kilometres an hour near the centre and gusts of up to 230 kilometres an hour, making it a super typhoon, forecasters said.


“Some are still gauging the situation, but those who are living in low areas have voluntarily gone to higher ground,” said Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.


He said thousands of people have already temporarily relocated from communities along the Cagayan river system, which had overflowed during previous typhoons.


President Benigno Aquino ordered all government agencies to be on high alert to prevent casualties, while the coast guard was instructed to ban all fishing vessels from setting off to sea in the north.


“The president is reiterating that all agencies concerned should be ready for the approaching super typhoon Juan (Megi),” said Abigail Valte, a deputy spokeswoman for Aquino.


She warned the public against complacency, amid reports that the weather in some northern provinces remained clear as of early Sunday.


But Norma Talosig, regional chief of the Office of Civil Defence, said the government was not ruling out forced evacuation for those who refused to leave their homes despite being told to do so.


“If we have to conduct forced evacuations, we’ll do it for their safety,” Talosig said over national radio. “Our main objective is the safety of the community, the safety of the responders.”


In Manila, disaster officials said food packs, medicine and rescue equipment, including rubber boats, were ready in areas expected to be lashed by the typhoon.


National police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said additional search and rescue teams from Manila were en route to the north to bolster forces there.


“We have also declared a full alert status all over the country,” Cruz said.


Relief charities were also mobilising in preparation for any damage by the typhoon.


“We have prepositioned goods as well as a standby supplier for rice in case people will be evacuated here in Isabela. We will continue to monitor the typhoon,” said Fe Olonan, World Vision program manager in Isabela — a province of Luzon which is on high-alert.


The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons a year, some of them deadly.


Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma struck the northern Philippine island of Luzon within a week of each other in September and October last year, triggering the worst flooding in recent history.


The twin storms killed more than 1,000 people, affected nearly 10 million and caused damage worth 4.3 billion dollars according to the World Bank and international humanitarian agencies.


The US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in its latest advisory Sunday said Megi had undergone “rapid intensification”, but could weaken as it moves across mountainous terrain after hitting Luzon.


Megi would then begin to steadily re-intensify as it leaves the country heading for the East Sea (Vietnam), it said.

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Source: SGGP

Super typhoon roars towards Philippines

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

Typhoon Megi gathered strength as it barrelled towards the northern Philippines on Sunday, authorities warning of possible forced evacuations and the threat of landslides.


Megi, which has developed into a super typhoon, was expected to be the strongest typhoon of the year in China, forecasters there said, according to the state Xinhua news agency.


The Philippine state weather bureau said Megi, likely to make landfall in the country by Monday, could uproot trees, blow away houses made of light material, trigger landslides and cause storm surges in coastal areas.

A pedestrian jumps over a puddle in a flooded street in Manila on October 16, 2010

As of 11:00 am (0300 GMT), the typhoon was located 520 kilometres (322 miles) east of Cagayan province, on the northeastern coast of the main island of Luzon.


It packed maximum winds of 195 kilometres per hour near the centre and gusts of up to 230 kilometres per hour. Public storm alert warnings have already been hoisted over several northern Philippine provinces.


Norma Talosig, regional chief of the Office of Civil Defence, said the weather was deceptively calm over Cagayan on Sunday, although they expect it to change drastically within the day.


She said residents in low-lying areas as well as those in coastal communities were being advised to move to safer areas and if they refused they would be forcibly evacuated.


“If we have to conduct forced evacuations, we’ll do it for their (residents’) safety,” Talosig said over national radio. “Our main objective is the safety of the community, the safety of the responders.”


In Manila, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said food packs, medicine and rescue equipment, including rubber boats, are ready in areas expected to be lashed by the typhoon.


Council chief Benito Ramos said “preemptive evacuations” were being carried out in some townships in Cagayan, including near rivers that could overflow their banks.


National police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said additional search and rescue teams from Manila were en route to the north to bolster forces there.


“We have also declared a full alert status all over the country,” Cruz said.


The Philippines is battered by an estimated 20 typhoons a year, some of them deadly.


Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma struck Luzon within a week of each other in late September and early October last year, triggering the worst flooding in recent history.


The twin storms killed more than a thousand people, affected nearly 10 million and caused damage worth 4.3 billion dollars according to the World Bank and international humanitarian agencies.


China’s National Meteorological Center said Megi was expected to enter the South China Sea on Monday and could cause wild winds and huge waves in the next three days, Xinhua said.

Source: SGGP

Sevilla stun Barca in Spanish Super Cup first leg

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

Sevilla came back from one goal down to defeat league champions Barcelona 3-1 in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Saturday.


Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Barca the lead after 20 minutes after being set-up by Maxwell.

Sevilla’s forward Frederic Kanoute celebrates after scoring against Barcelona during a Super Cup football match at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in SevilleBut Sevilla dominated the second half with Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano equalising with a fierce drive just after the hour mark.

Lionel Messi replaced Ibrahimovic, but the great Argentine was upstaged by Mali veteran Freddie Kanoute whose two goals gave Sevilla the advantage ahead of next Saturday’s second leg.


He put his team ahead in the 74th minute when he slipped the ball past Ruben Mino in the Barcelona goal following a long ball from Negredo.


Kanoute added the third in the 83rd minute with a header from a cross by Diego Perotti.

Source: SGGP

Northern Vietnam faces super typhoon

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 8:46 am

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai chaired an urgent meeting on July 16 to instruct ministries, agencies and localities to prepare for super typhonn Conson as it suddenly changed its course southward and is now heading for the northern delta, instead of towards the Vietnam-China border as was previously forecast.

The forecasted path of tropical storm Conson, the first storm of the season

Deputy PM Hai warned this is a powerful storm, which has caused huge losses of human life and property in the Philippines. 


There is no room for complacency, as the storm is forecast to directly hit coastal areas from Quang Ninh to Thanh Hoa provinces, which accommodate many fishermen, he said.


He asked these provinces to ban vessels from setting sail in case of emergency. He also asked the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to dispatch inspection teams to areas vulnerable to floods.


On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also sent an urgent message to ask localities that are in the storm’s path to prepare for its arrival.


The message says the PM instructs officials in coastal provinces and cities from Quang Ninh to Quang Tri to prevent vessels from going out to sea if necessary. Evacuation and any other procedures that will guarantee the safety of people, and infrastructure are also required.

Forecast
 
According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, with the current moving direction and rapid speed, the storm, the first of the season, is traveling to the Red River Delta.
 
In which province the storm center will make landfall has yet to be determined, but northern coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Thanh Hoa will be affected severely.
 
At the meeting, the center’s director Bui Minh Tang said the storm is heading for the Gulf of Tonkin with sustained winds of 125kph near its center. Conson has been forecast to enter the gulf the morning of July 17, striking the northern coastal area by afternoon.
 
The storm will be off the coast from northern Hai Phong to central Nghe An Province today.
 
He said the strongest winds near the storm center would peak at 89-117 kilometers an hour with gusts topping 118-149 kilometers per hour.
 
Strong winds and heavy rains are likely in coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Thanh Hoa and northern provinces, including Bac Ninh and Hoa Binh, as well as in Hanoi.
 
Forecasters predict the storm will generate waves of between 6-8 meters and tides of between 2-4 meters.
 
Mr. Tang said the storm is expected to weaken into a tropical low-pressure system by the morning of July 18, when it moves through areas from northwestern provinces of Son La to Lai Chau.
 
Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Hoa Binh may be struck by the storm center or merely affected by heavy floods.


Mr. Tang warned that northern provinces would have high rainfall of between 100-200mm, even 400mm in Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa provinces.


Preparations for Conson


The afternoon of July 16, residents in northern Nam Dinh Province and Hanoi rushed to buy dry provisions to store for the storm and possible floods.


Authorities of coastal districts of Nghia Hung and Giao Thuy in Nam Dinh Province called sea bound clam breeders to return to shore.


The province has prepared evacuation plans for 3,400 residents in the two districts.


Le Han Hien, deputy head of Hai Phong’s Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, said 12,000 fishing boats have been anchored at Cat Ba Port, Cat Hai Island and Do Son peninsula to avoid the storm.


The People’s Committee of Hai Phong’s Cat Hai District, together with 100 soldiers, helped thousands of residents living in coastal villages evacuate the afternoon of July 16.


Fishing boats


According to central Quang Tri Province’s Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, until afternoon of July 16, about 800 boats returned to shore or were in safe anchorage areas.
Northern Quang Ninh Province also called over 10,000 boats ashore.


Over 3,000 boats in Quang Binh Province returned from sea, while 500 boats with about 3,000 fishermen are on their way back to the shore.


As of the afternoon of July 16, 443 fishermen aboard 43 boats from Da Nang Province were still at sea, with one boat and 27 fishermen working in the Truong Sa (Spratly).


In central Quang Ngai Province, 6 boats with 78 fishermen that had been in accidents in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago were towed to the shore.


The Border Guard High Command reported that it has been unable to contact 237 fishermen aboard 17 ships from the province working in the Hoang Sa Archipelago.


At least six vessels have been reported sunk and another five ones are missing.
Border guards in coastal provinces have fired signals at 28 fixed and 15 mobile points to warn ships operating offshore.


Due to the storm, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced the cancellation of four domestic flights on July 17.

Source: SGGP

Australia to tax mining industry’s ‘super profits’

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

Australia said on Sunday it would impose taxes worth billions of dollars on mining companies to ensure the profits of an Asia-driven commodities boom were shared fairly.


Voracious demand for commodities such as coal and iron ore from China and elsewhere in Asia has seen Australia ride out the global downturn in better shape than any other advanced economy.


But the government said the state royalties paid by companies such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto had not kept pace with surging profits and needed to be revised to ensure the benefits of the boom were shared with the nation.


“This long-term plan released today builds a stronger economy by using super profits earned from the resources owned by all Australians,” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said.

File photo of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam copper and uranium operation at Roxby Downs in South Australia.

The government will place a 40 percent tax on above-normal profits of mining operations, using the money to pay for pensions, infrastructure spending and to fund lower company taxes, particularly for small business, he said.


It is expected that the new tax will raise some 3.0 billion dollars (2.78 billion US) in the first year after its planned introduction in 2012.


The tax will be offset by rebates on exploration for miners and a new infrastructure fund which is expected to bring the most benefit to resource-rich areas which will receive new roads, railways and ports.


“Companies will not pay the tax until after they have provided shareholders with the normal return on capital investments and then only on any additional profit,” Treasurer Wayne Swan said.


The proposal is likely to be contested in parliament, with the conservative opposition warning that the plan could “kill the mining boom.”


In unveiling its plans for a tax system revamp, Swan also said the government will lift the compulsory superannuation contributions that employers pay into workers’ pension funds from nine to 12 percent by 2020.


The changes, which follow an announcement last week that the government would increase taxes on cigarettes by 25 percent, come as the administration grapples with the problem of an increasing and ageing population.


Swan, who will release the national budget on May 11, described the proposals as historic but said they could not go ahead without the mining tax.


He said the government, which faces an election later this year, needed to manage the mining boom so that it produced long-lasting benefits.


“If we don’t, we will simply sell Australia short,” he said.

Source: SGGP

A/H1N1 super flu shows signs of abating

In Social life on October 18, 2009 at 3:01 am




A/H1N1 super flu shows signs of abating


QĐND – Saturday, October 17, 2009, 19:24 (GMT+7)

The A/H1N1 epidemic is showing signs of waning in Vietnam as 20-30 new cases are discovered per day compared to hundreds of patients during its peak, the Health Ministry said on Oct. 16.


However, health officials warned that people should still ensure personal hygiene and stay on alert against the deadly disease, particularly at the moment when weather is experiencing rapid changes.


Vietnam confirmed 33 more cases of A/H1N1 on Oct. 16, bringing the country’s total number of patients to 10,189, including 23 deaths.


Of the total, 9,914 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital, while the remainder is currently quarantined for treatment.


Source: VOV


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Nation fights against A/H1N1 super bug

In Politics-Society on October 15, 2009 at 9:34 am




Nation fights against A/H1N1 super bug


QĐND – Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 22:10 (GMT+7)

Super flu has spread to every province and city in Vietnam with nearly 1,200 cases being recorded and 304 of them testing positive for the A/H1N1virus on October 13.


The amount of cases has drastically increased since early September this year (20 positive cases a day at a peak).


***The northern province of Ninh Binh has detected 2 pupils infected with the super flu virus. Local health workers are disinfecting their schools, doing check-ups on other pupils and asking them to wear gauze masks when going to class.


***The southern Binh Phuoc Provincial Health Department on October 13 confirmed 305 cases with 1 fatality.


In the meantime the southern province of Dong Nai is facing with other dangerous epidemics such as dengue fever and diarrhea along with A/H1N1 flu.


Source: VOV


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Super typhoon Parma enters East Sea

In Vietnam Weather on October 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Super Typhoon Parma, which hit the Philippines’ north Saturday with winds gusting up to 150 kmph and reportedly killed 16 in Luzon Island, is moving toward Vietnam, the national weather bureau said Sunday.


Vietnam’s weather bureau said that Parma has become the 10th storm faced by Vietnam this year.


The typhoon has entered the East Sea, the weather bureau said.








A map of Typhoon Parma by Vietnam’s national weather bureau

It is forecast to move northwest in the next 24 hours. The weather bureau said at 1pm Sunday, the typhoon is 890 km east of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago. By 1pm Oct. 6 (Tuesday), the typhoon is about 780 km east of Hoang Sa.


The sea is seriously rough, the weather bureau said.


A few days ago, Typhoon Ketsana killed more than 100 in Vietnam after wreaking havoc in the Philippines, leaving more than 260 people dead.


At present, another super typhoon, called Melor, is seen east of the Philippines.


Vietnam’s weather bureau said Typhoon Parma and Typhoon Melor are interacting, resulting in complicated movements.


Source: SGGP

Super profits made on local gold market

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm

HA NOI — Domestic gold prices rose dramatically yesterday morning, jumping VND1.5 million to hit VND18.3 million per tael, due to the sudden rise of global gold and oil prices.


By late evening, however, gold prices cooled down to around VND18 million.


Gold branded PNJ-DAB by Phu Nhuan Jewellery Co is listed at a buying/selling price of VND17.80/18.30 (US$1,072/1,102) per tael (one tael is equivalent to 1.2 ounces), against VND16.84/16.94 million late Wednesday.


The Ha Noi-based Bao Tin Minh Chau Jewellery Co (BTMC) listed prices at VND17.70-18.20 million ($1,066/1,096) per tael.


Sai Gon Jewellery Co (SJC) listed prices at VND17.95-18.15 million ($1,081/1,093) per tael in Ha Noi and HCM City yesterday, up VND1.25 million per tael over Wednesday’s price.


On the Sai Gon Gold Trading bourse, about 206,400 taels were traded yesterday morning, most of them for sale. Matched prices were over VND18 million per tael.


“This is one of the highest increases in local gold prices ever,” said Nguyen Huu Dang, head of business department at BTMC.


Local gold shops reported t the number of sellers was five to six times higher than the number of buyers.


“Selling gold at this time gains great profit. ‘Super profit’!” said Luu Quang Dien, director of Sai Gon Jewellery Co’s branch in Ha Noi.


But even with the strong influx of gold sellers, on average, local gold prices still stood at above VND18.1 million in the late afternoon as global gold prices did not seem to be cooling down.


“But it’s really difficult to predict the next trend,” added Dien.


Local prices were about VND500,000 per tael higher than global prices.


Yesterday, global spot gold rose to $877 an ounce in New York, up sharply from Wed-nesday’s nominal US market close of $777.55.


The increase of about $100 per ounce was recognised as the highest between two sessions in the last 26 years.


“It’s unbelievable, simply unbelievable, what is happening,” Eugen Weinberg, commodities analyst at Commerzbank, told Reuters yesterday.


Gold posted a record one-day gain in absolute dollar terms yesterday, hitting a near six-week high, with investors fleeing to safety as they watched the stock-market carnage and expected further losses.


“Investors are insecure and going into gold. There is safe-haven buying from all over the world,” said Nguyen Thanh Truc, director of Agriculture Jewellery Co.


The sudden increase of global gold prices was also blamed on rising oil prices and on the unchanged benchmark interest rate of 2 per cent on the US dollar.


Meanwhile, several gold experts maintained that global gold prices would rarely pass $1,000 per ounce, as they did in March, because investors do not have much money after losing billions of dollars in this year’s financial storm. —