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S.Korea upholds suspended term for faked stem-cell research

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

SEOUL, Dec 16, 2010 (AFP) – A South Korean appeals court Thursday upheld a suspended prison term for a scientist whose claims of stem-cell breakthroughs rocked the scientific world until his research was found to be faked.

But the court reduced the penalty on Hwang Woo-Suk, imposing an 18-month sentence suspended for two years.

Hwang Woo-Suk (C) leaves after his trial at the Seoul High Court in Seoul on December 16, 2010. AFP

In October last year Hwang had received a two-year sentence — suspended for three years — for embezzling research funds and ethical lapses in obtaining human eggs for experiments.

Prosecutors appealed, saying he should also have been convicted of fraudulently obtaining funds from two local firms using his falsified lab work.

The appeals court affirmed Hwang was guilty of embezzlement but not fraud, saying there was no causal relationship between the funds he obtained and the faked research.

Hwang, who turned 58 on Thursday, shot to fame in 2004 when he published a paper in the US journal Science claiming to have created the world’s first stem-cell line from a cloned human embryo.

In a follow-up paper in 2005 in the same journal, he maintained that his team had developed 11 patient-specific embryonic stem-cell lines.

The claims raised hopes of new treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s.

The government showered Hwang and his team from the prestigious Seoul National University (SNU) with money and honours, and Hwang was awarded the title of “Supreme Scientist”.

But his reputation was tarnished in November 2005 by allegations that he had violated medical ethics by accepting human eggs from his own researchers.

In January 2006 an SNU investigative team ruled in a report that his findings were faked and said he had produced no stem cells of any kind.

The appeals court said Hwang had undermined the credibility of South Korea’s scientific community. But it said a suspended sentence was in order in view of his work in animal cloning.

Hwang played a key role in creating Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, an achievement which has been independently verified.

He has been on bail since his trial began in June 2006. He lost his government licence for human stem-cell research but still retains a loyal following.

Source: SGGP

Army term to be launched in Singapore

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Army term to be launched in Singapore

QĐND – Monday, June 07, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese pupils aged from 13 to 19, who take part in the army term, will join a week-long training course in Singapore with many interesting activities.

According to Nguyen Thanh Nhan, Director of the Southern Teenager Center, trainees are required to complete difficult lessons in Singapore such as crossing a 3 meter-high wall.

These trainees will study at the Changi Coast Adventure Center of Singapore for 4 days. The course helps trainees to be more self – confident.

Pham Thi Thuy Trang, mother of Tran Kim Khue, one of the trainees, said the course will help her child to improve his confidence and English.

This is the first time that the army team sent pupils to train in foreign countries. These participants of the program will be sent to Singapore at two periods from July 3rd to 9th and August 1st to 7th respectively.

The program is launched by the the Southern Teenager Center and the MOE Changi training center of Singapore’s Education and Training Ministry.

Source: TP

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Capital city development plan is not for one term

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Capital city development plan is not for one term

QĐND – Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:9 (GMT+7)

PANO – Deputies to the National Assembly listened to the government report about the Hanoi Urban Spatial Development Plan to 2030 and the vision to 2050, as well as reflections from the National Assembly Economic Committee on this plan.

The development plan attracted great attention from the Vietnamese public. The People’s Army Newspaper Online interviewed Mr. Nguyen The Thao, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee along the sideline of the NA meeting.

Reporter: The total investment estimated for the infrastructure of the plan is at USD 90 billion. This is a huge number. Is it possible to mobilize this investment?

This is the main issue. However, this is the plan for 2030 and the vision to 2050. With the present economic growth rate and the mechanisms to attract domestic and international resources, I believe that it is possible.

Reporter: There have been rumours about wasteful “term plans”. What do you think of these?

I can confirm that this development plan is not like a term plan. The Hanoi Spatial Development Plan to 2020 was approved by the Prime Minister in 1998. According to the plan management mechanism, we are allowed to adjust the plan every five years. However, there have been no adjustments in the master development plan but some minor changes were made when Ha Tay Province merged with Hanoi. Therefore, it was time to make the changes so we could plan our city better.

Reporter: The plan has not been approved by the Prime Minister. However, the price of land in the Ba Vi and Thach That districts has increased sharply. What do you think of this?

This resulted from the nature of the market. Due to inflation, estate property price has stood still for a while and returned to is normal state when inflation was over. From the end of 2009 to early 2010, the land price increased sharply in the first and second quarter of 2010.

Through surveys, land which are under the city’s plan have had a fluctuation of prices. The reason for the price inflation is that the demand is greater than the supply for housing. In addition, Hanoi needs more public buildings, trade centres and hotels.

The other reason is that the plan gives us images and orientations about the infrastructure and living conditions that are good for residents so many others want to sell and buy lands in these projects. More transactions causes land prices to increase.

Reporter: What is the solution to stabilize the land price?

The solution is to complete the plan soon and to submit it for approval and to inform the public and investors of the plan and its roadmap. After surveying, most of land transactions are speculative.  In some cases people even submitted fake transactions to push land prices up. Once the information about the plan is clear, real estate prices will stabilize.

Reporter: According to the roadmap, when will these issues be solved?

Several issues such as environment pollution, traffic jams, flooding, urban awareness and rules are mentioned in the plan with 9 short-term and long-term strategic solutions. 

For example, to solve traffic jams in the city, there are many short-term measures such as upgrading the infrastructure, dividing routes, enhancing education, improving awareness on traffic laws among others.

In the long-term, these issues need comprehensive measures including speeding up the construction of public transport systems such as the railway and metro. In fact, Hanoi has developed the bus system to meet the demand of residents. However, the bus system is not the key measure for the issue. Investments into improving the railways, helping to increase traffic areas are one of long-term solutions to solve this issue.

Reporter: Thank you very much!

Translated by Ngoc Hung & Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Bolivia’s Morales wins new presidential term

In World on December 7, 2009 at 3:52 am

Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales won a landslide reelection victory in voting that also handed him unfettered control of Congress, according to exit polls.

The results mean that Morales, a fiercely anti-US leader in the mold of his close ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, will have a free hand to deepen leftist reforms for the duration of his new five-year term.

Two survey firms, Ipsos and Mori, said Morales garnered 62-63 percent of the vote, well ahead of his closest rival, former governor Manfred Reyes Villa, who picked up only 23-25 percent.

The ruling Movement Towards Socialism party also succeeded in winning two-thirds of the seats in Congress, including taking control of the senate from the conservative opposition, according to the exit polls.

If confirmed, Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president who came to power in 2006, would have the legislative numbers to pass laws without negotiating with the oposition.

Bolivian President Evo Morales puts on a garland in the locality Villa 14 de Septiembre. Morales won a landslide reelection victory in voting that also handed him unfettered control of Congress, according to exit polls.

Official results from the election were expected late Tuesday.

Much of Morales’s support came from Bolivia’s indigenous majority, which makes up 60 percent of the population and which is now embracing greater powers and pride after long being suppressed by the 40 percent minority of European descent.

Morales followed in Chavez’s footsteps in organizing a referendum changing the constitution early this year that scrapped a previous one-term limit for presidents and allowed him to stand once more for reelection.

Like Chavez, he also hinted on Sunday he intended to stay on beyond the new five-year mandate he was likely given, to see through a “revolution” that he claimed would require decades of stewardship.

“If we talk of the new constitution… this is the first election of Evo Morales,” he argued.

If Morales does stand and win in the next presidential election in 2014, he could stay in power until 2020.

Such a prospect would unsettle the United States, which is wary of the close ties between Chavez and Morales, and their accommodation of US enemy Iran.

Non-indigenous Bolivians who mostly inhabit the more prosperous lowlands in the eastern half of Bolivia, where economically vital natural gas deposits are located, would also be unhappy.

They have proved unable to counter Morales’s reforms which have already included limiting the size of ranches and other land holdings, and nationalizing the energy and telecommunications sectors.

They fear that a Congress dominated by Morales’s party will now pass a law approved in the referendum that would give indigenous communities the right to self-rule. That has already been interpreted as permission to seize land from non-indigenous owners.

Tensions between the president’s supporters and opponents spilled over into deadly violence late last year, though they have subsided somewhat since the January 2009 referendum that knocked Reyes Villa and other “rebel” governors from power.

Reyes Villa additionally faces a threat of jail on corruption charges voiced by Morales in the lead-up to the elections.

The government said the former military officer — who was ousted in a recall question on the referendum along with other “rebel” governors — had bought a plane ticket to flee the country on Monday.

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