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Thousands of blobs of oil appear at My Khe beach

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

Staff in a environment company clean up the blobs of oil in My Khe beach. (Photo:SGGP)


Tourists at Da Nang beaches on January 2 discovered thousands of blobs of oil, which have been washed up along a one-kilometre length of My Khe beach.


According to Phan Minh Hai, deputy head of Son Tra Eco Tourist Sea Board, the oil started to appear on Sunday, but no one is sure where it has come from.


The Management of the Son Tra Eco Tourist Sea and Da Nang beaches has asked the provincial Department of Natural and Resources to collect samples for testing.


Hai said that it was possible that the oil came from passing ships, and had been blown inshore, by the prevailing northeasterly winds.


The board has asked an environmental company to clean up the mess.

Source: SGGP

Tens of thousands of people mourn for Pro. Tran Van Giau

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:05 am

Party and State officials and tens of thousands of people mourned over scholar and revolutionary veteran Tran Van Giau during the state-level funeral ceremonies for the veteran.

President Nguyen Minh Triet burns incense to commemorate Professor Tran Van Giau during the state level funeral ceremonies for the veteran in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 23, 2010. (Photo: SGGP)

In his infinite grief, President Nguyen Minh Triet wrote in the funeral record that Comrade Tran Van Giau was an elite son of the Bulwark South, a talent leader, an erudite intellectual and scientist, loyal Communist.


His name and career are very big and delight forever, he wrote.


Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly Nguyen Duc Kien wrote that Professor Tran Van Giau was a bright example for generations.


Thousands of his students from corners of the country came to burn incense to commemorate the professor who devoted his entire life to human resource building.


The solemn memorial service for Professor Tran Van Giau will be held at 7AM Dec 25, 2010. Then the professor will be laid to rest in his home town in Mekong Delta Province of Long An.


A statement by Russian General Consul in HCM City Anatoli Vasilievich Borovik said Russia would always remember excellent elite son of the Vietnamese people, Tran Van Giau, who had made important contributions to Russian and had helped to developing relations between the two countries.


Professor Tran Van Giau, who has made great contributions to the country’s southern resistance and liberation, is widely known among social science circles for his knowledge.


Born on September 11, 1911 in the southern province of Long An, he was recognised as a Labour Hero and People’s Teacher.


The teacher of many leading researchers and historians in Viet Nam received many awards and titles, including Ho Chi Minh Order, First-class; Independence Order; Labour Hero; People’s Teacher and Ho Chi Minh Award.



 

Source: SGGP

Thousands of Irish protest austerity cuts

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Thousands gathered in Dublin for a mass protest Saturday against savage cutbacks needed to obtain an international bailout for debt-ravaged Ireland, heaping more pressure on the embattled government.

An Irish policeman (L) is confronted by protestors as they break through the front gates of the Irish Prime Minister’s office in Dublin, Ireland.

Police said they expected about 50,000 people to join a march against the four-year austerity package announced on Wednesday by Prime Minister Brian Cowen, aimed at slashing Ireland’s huge budget deficit.


Up to 3,000 people gathered at the start of the protest, holding placards saying “Eire not for sale, not to the IMF”.


“The cuts are not necessary. The banks are being rescued, not Ireland. The banks should take the hit — cut them loose,” said Marian Hamilton, 57, who was attending the protest with her seven-year-old grandson.


The demonstration will pile more pressure on Cowen the day after his Fianna Fail party suffered a humiliating by-election defeat which cut the FF/Green Party coalition’s parliamentary majority to just two.


Cowen has been fighting off calls from opposition lawmakers to quit, insisting he must see through the austerity package and a budget due on December 7 because they are pre-conditions for the bailout.


European Union heavyweights Germany and France are urging a rapid conclusion to negotiations on the EU and International Monetary Fund loans, reportedly worth up to 85 billion euros (113 billion dollars).


Sources in Brussels said the talks, aimed at shoring up Ireland and stopping the crisis spreading to other troubled eurozone countries, would likely wrap up Sunday in time for an announcement before markets open Monday.


Media reports suggest Ireland might be charged 6.7 percent interest on the nine-year loans, significantly more than the 5.2 percent rate charged to fellow eurozone country Greece when it was bailed out earlier this year.


The 15-billion-euro austerity package will cut the minimum wage and slash 25,000 public sector jobs as Ireland strives to bring its deficit under three percent of gross domestic product by 2014. It is currently at 32 percent.


Irish Congress of Trade Unions president Jack O’Connor, the head of Ireland’s biggest union SIPTU, said it was “the harshest budget since the foundation of the state”.


“This is the result of allowing speculators, bankers and developers to run riot, pillaging and ruining our economy,” he said.


Ireland’s national sovereignty was at stake, he said, adding: “We must not stand idly by while the final nail is driven into the coffin.”


Hundreds of police officers and a helicopter were mobilised for Saturday’s march through Dublin city centre to the General Post Office, the highly symbolic site of the declaration of Irish independence in 1916.


Cowen’s government has insisted that Ireland’s austerity plan and next month’s budget are crucial steps to show fellow members of the 16-nation euro area that it is putting its finances in order.


He refused to go to the polls until lawmakers have passed the measures, not likely before January, but opposition parties have said he no longer has a mandate to govern.


In Friday’s by-election in Donegal, the opposition socialist Sinn Fein party took what was once a stronghold of Cowen’s Fianna Fail party.


Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore said the party “has neither the political mandate nor the moral authority to make the crucial decisions the country now faces.”


The Irish Times said the budget would probably go through given the pressure from the EU and the IMF, but added: “There is a general consensus that Mr Cowen’s days are numbered.”


Meanwhile Michael Noonan, finance spokesman for the Fine Gael main opposition party, described reports of the 6.7 interest rate on the bailout loan as “very disturbing”.


“This rate is far too high and is unaffordable on any reasonable projection of growth,” he said.


 

Source: SGGP

Aid for thousands in four poor provinces

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm




Aid for thousands in four poor provinces


QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Nearly 5,000 poor households in four provinces will be given a helping hand to increase income and job opportunities during the next two years.


This is one of the main targets of a joint programme on green production and trade in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho provinces.


The 4.1 million USD scheme has been organised by the Trade Promotion Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade and five United Nations organisations.


More than 40 percent of the beneficiaries have a monthly income of less than 200,000 VND (10 USD).


“The four provinces were selected due to the high incidence of poverty, especially among ethnic minorities, the concentration of raw materials and local production of craft,” said Do Kim Lang, deputy director of the department.


The programme will focus on boosting five crafts based on bamboo ware, producing and weaving silk, sea grass, lacquer ware and handmade paper.


“We want to help poor growers, collectors and producers to improve their products and link them to more profitable markets,” said Lang.


Under the programme, raw bamboo and rattan material will be managed, exploited and developed in a sustainable way.


“Green here means that we will ensure environmental protection when exploiting raw materials, and ensure safe working condition for farmers,” said Lang.


A total of 400ha of bamboo belonging to 150 households have been zoned in Chau Thang district in central Nghe An province.


More than 460ha of rattan have also been planted in the four provinces. Local farmers have received training on planting, harvesting and processing.


More than 500 people in the four provinces have already received basic training in making bamboo products. And more than 740 others have received advanced training to enable them to make complicated and fine art bamboo products. They have been provided with splitting machines and storage facilities.


The export value of bamboo and rattan products in the targeted provinces is expected to rise significantly if there is a well developed understanding of markets, marketing and design.


Service providers will also help run advanced training in business development and invite foreign designers to develop new product ranges for bamboo and rattan.


Handicraft enterprises will be invited on study tours in Vietnam , China and the Philippines . They will also be involved in domestic and international trade fairs.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Thousands of people to take part in charity run

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Thousands of households incentral provinces isolated by floods

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

Thousands of people evacuated from landslide areas

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Flash floods strand thousands in major Thai city

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

Thousands in China, Japan rally over island claims

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

 Thousands of Chinese marched in the streets in sometimes violent protests Saturday against Japan and its claim to disputed islands, a show of anger far larger than past protests over the competing territorial claims.


The Chinese government said the protests were “understandable” but that patriotism should be expressed in a rational way.


Photos from the southwestern city of Chengdu and the central city of Zhengzhou showed hundreds of people marching with banners and signs protesting Japan’s claim on what China calls the Diaoyu islands. Japan calls them the Senkaku islands.

A man holds a banner while marching during an anti-Japan protest in downtown Zhengzhou, in central China’s Henan province, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.

Japanese retailers Ito-Yokado and Isetan said protesters in Chengdu broke windows and showcases in their stores, Kyodo News agency reported.


China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said more than 2,000 people protested in Chengdu and thousands of college students gathered in the northern city of Xian.


The report was in English only. The protests were not reported in Chinese-language state media, and many comments and photos were quickly removed from mainland websites.


Protests in China are often quickly shut down or heavily controlled. It was not clear whether the organizers had permission to demonstrate Saturday.


Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement on the ministry’s website late Saturday that China and Japan were important neighbors to each other and should resolve their differences through dialogue.


“It is understandable that some people expressed their outrage against the recent erroneous words and deeds on the Japanese side,” Ma said. “We maintain that patriotism should be expressed rationally and in line with law.”


The Chinese demonstrations appeared to be in response to online reports about a planned protest in Tokyo, where about 2,500 people held flags and marched near the Chinese Embassy to protest China’s claim to the islands. Some also called for the release of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Chinese dissident who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for subversion.


Ma said China had contacted Japanese officials to “express serious concern” over the Tokyo protest, according to a separate statement.


At the time, tensions were high over a collision between a Chinese fishing boat and two Japanese coast guard ships near the islands in the East China Sea. China repeatedly demanded the return of the detained fishing boat captain. Japan eventually released the captain, but Beijing shocked Tokyo by demanding an apology.


Earlier this month, the tensions seemed to calm after the prime ministers of the two countries held an impromptu after-dinner meeting in the corridor of an Asia-Europe summit.


Police in the Chinese cities of Chengdu, Xian and Zhengzhou would not confirm Saturday’s protests, saying they would not talk to the media.

Source: SGGP

Thousands of Chinese hold anti-Japan protest marches

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Thousands of Chinese protesters marched in at least three cities on Saturday to vent their anger at Japan following a nasty spat involving disputed islands, state media and witnesses said.


Meanwhile nationalist groups rallied in Japan on Saturday against China’s “invasion” into Japanese islands, scuffling with men who tried to block the march through central Tokyo streets.


In China, demonstrators in the cities of Xian, Chengdu and Zhengzhou shouted slogans asserting Chinese sovereignty over the islands and called for boycotts of Japanese goods, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.


Some protesters had learned about the planned demonstrations on the Internet and came to join, it said, but added that the protests were peaceful and watched closely by police stationed along marching routes.


In Japan, Japanese national flags fluttered in a park in the capital as more than 1,000 people gathered for the second major rally since a bitter territorial row flared up over a maritime incident last month near the disputed islands.


Banners carried such messages as “Japan is in danger!” and “Don’t forgive invader China”.


As demonstrators left the park and started a march, two young men, believed to be Chinese, sat in the street to stop the rally.


One of their banners warned against exclusionism and read: “Stop fuelling harassment towards Chinese residents in Japan”.


China broke off contacts with Tokyo last month after Japan detained a Chinese fishing boat captain whose vessel collided with Japanese coastguard ships near the disputed islands.


Both sides claim the islands in the East China Sea which are known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.


The two close trading partners have since moved to patch up the row, but the protests showed lingering public anger at Japan, which is still resented in China for its brutal World War II invasion and occupation of parts of China.


 

Source: SGGP