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Assange due in UK court over Swedish extradition

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange is due to appear in a London court on Tuesday as lawyers draw the battle lines in his fight to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about alleged sex crimes.


The mainly procedural hearing at the top security Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court, due to start at 1000 GMT (3 p.m. EST), is likely to confirm the date for a full extradition hearing which is expected in early February.


The 39-year-old Australian computer expert, who has infuriated Washington by releasing details of secret U.S. diplomatic cables on his website, has protested his innocence over claims of sexual misconduct against two women.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm August 14,

“The hearing on Tuesday is to ensure that the real issues in the case are identified and that preparation of the case is progressing in a timely fashion,” said a spokesman for Britain’s courts service.


It will also decide elements of the legal process, such as which documents the prosecutors and defense lawyers should provide and whether any witnesses should be called up.


British police arrested Assange last month on a European warrant issued by Sweden following allegations made by two WikiLeaks’ volunteers.


After spending nine days in jail, he was released on bail on December 16 after his supporters raised a surety of 200,000 pounds ($312,000).


As part of his bail conditions, Assange must stay at a mansion in eastern England, abide by a curfew, report to police daily and wear an electronic tag. Assange has described the curbs on him as “hi-tech house arrest.”

Source: SGGP

Potential for Vietnamese plastic products in UK

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Time for banks to pay back to tax payers, UK expert tells seminar

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 5:41 am

Vietnamese contemporary fine arts to be introduced in the UK

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

NA Chairman hails UK ambassador’s contributions

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm




NA Chairman hails UK ambassador’s contributions


QĐND – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 20:4 (GMT+7)

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong received outgoing UK Ambassador to Vietnam Mark Kent in Hanoi on October 23.


NA Chairman Trong applauded major contributions of the UK ambassador to boosting the two countries’ relations in the fields of politics, economics, education and tourism as well as the two nations’ legislative ties. He said projects launched by the UK have helped increase the capacity of the Vietnamese National Assembly’s Office and other NA’s agencies.


The Vietnamese top legislator expressed his wishes that cooperative ties between the two legislative bodies would continue developing in the future.


Chairman Trong also expressed his belief that in the new position, the UK ambassador would make more contributions to the friendship and cooperation between the two nations.


For his part, Ambassador Mark Kent said he considers his tenure in Vietnam a milestone in his diplomatic cause, during which he had chances to visit many cities and provinces across the country.


He is pleased with multi-faceted friendship and cooperation between the two countries and wishes that the bilateral ties would further develop in the future.


Source: VNA, photo: VOV


 


Source: QDND

UK unveils spending cuts to tackle huge deficit

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

LONDON (AFP) – Britain will unveil billions of pounds in public spending cuts Wednesday in a sweeping review of government expenditure expected to trigger half a million job losses as it tackles a huge deficit.


Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition wants to cut spending by 83 billion pounds (130 billion dollars, 95 billion euros) by 2014-15, and the review will reveal exactly where the axe will fall.

A job seeker (R) attends a work-finding workshop in east London. AFP file

In its biggest challenge since taking power in May, the coalition wants to eliminate Britain’s 154.7-billion-pound deficit — a legacy of the previous Labour government and the recession — over the next five years.


Finance minister George Osborne is expected to say his plans, which will see departmental spending reduced by an average of 25 percent, will map out “a hard road to a better Britain,” according to reports.


Osborne is set to brace the public sector for nearly 500,000 jobs to be culled over the next four years — a fact unwittingly revealed by a Cabinet minister who was photographed reading confidential briefing papers.


Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury, was snapped Tuesday with the documents on his lap as he was driven away from his office.


Britain’s welfare and justice systems are expected to be hard hit, and the BBC is braced for a 16 percent cut to its budget in real terms over the next six years, the broadcaster’s website reported.


The coalition started the process Tuesday, announcing that it would shrink the country’s armed forces and scrap key assets like its flagship aircraft carrier in a defence review that forms part of the wider programme of cuts.


Cameron said 17,000 service personnel would go from the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy by 2015 — but vowed there would be “no cut whatsoever” to the level of support for forces in Afghanistan.


The harshness of the measures has worried some economists who fear they could plunge Britain’s economy back into recession, a concern shared by the opposition Labour party, which was ousted from power in the May election.


The International Monetary Fund has enthusiastically endorsed Osborne’s plans, and European governments are watching closely.


Trade unions have reacted with anger and thousands of union members and protesters rallied in London Tuesday, waving placards that said “Don’t Break Britain” and “No more cuts”.


Labour’s finance spokesman, Alan Johnson, has also warned that the cuts were being made “too deeply and too quickly”.


The scale of the cuts has provoked disquiet among some Liberal Democrats, the junior coalition partners, who fear they could cause lasting social damage.

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Source: SGGP

UK bank surprised by ‘tame’ inflation in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Standard Chartered Bank economists were surprised by Vietnam’s tame inflation this year, with month-on-month inflation having stayed ‘benign’ at 0.1-0.3 percent over the past three months, the lender said in its H1 report.

Shoppers at a Co.opMart supermarket in Ho Chi Minh City. The UK’s Standard Chartered Bank said a slight fall in the prices of foods, property and transport has helped Vietnam reduce its inflation rate (Photo: SGGP)

The report released July 5 pointed out that Vietnam’s growth “has been on track with our expectations, with 6.2%-6.4% growth Q2-2010 estimated by the Government, after reaching 5.8% in Q1-2010.”


The economists said the slight fall in the prices of foods, property and transport, which account for 60 percent of the consumer price index, helped reduce the inflation rate.


After seeing lower inflation rates in recent months, the UK-based bank has revised its inflation forecast for Vietnam from 11.5 percent to 9.5 percent this year.


However, the bank said it remains watchful for signs of what it says are the two main sources of inflation.


The first is domestic inflation, because strong retail sales and industrial production could fuel inflationary pressure in the months ahead; and the second is commodity prices, given that the current stability can disappear if risk appetite returns, driving the US dollar lower and commodity prices higher.

Source: SGGP

UK leaders in frantic last minute polls push

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

LONDON (AFP) – Britain’s main party leaders launched a final day of campaigning Wednesday with one poll suggesting that almost four in 10 voters in the cliffhanger general election had yet to decide who to back.


And with a succession of opinion polls giving the opposition Conservatives only a narrow lead going into Thursday’s voting, the scene was set for a dramatic finish to what has been the closest election battle for a generation.

A customer looks at information screens displaying the odds on the result of this week’s general election in a bookmakers in central London. AFP photo

The party leaders were to crisscross the country on a frantic last day of campaigning.


David Cameron, whose Conservative party are ahead in opinion polls, embarked on a 24-hour battlebus tour in a bid to fulfil a commitment to visit every part of Britain.


Cameron’s all-night campaigning push ahead of the vote takes him through northern and central England, into Wales, before finishing in the city of Bristol, southwest England.


“We are going at it all night, all day, all next day, all the way through to polling day,” he said at a rally in Renfrewshire, Scotland, Tuesday.


“That is how we are going to win the election.”


The Conservatives are fighting to oust the ruling Labour Party after 13 years in power.


But the strong poll lead they enjoyed several months ago has now been whittled down to a few points.


Most surveys indicate they would not win enough seats in the House of Commons to be able to form a government on their own, leading to a hung parliament.


The latest ComRes poll for ITV News and The Independent newspaper showed no change on the previous day, with the Tories on 37 percent, Labour on 29 and the Liberal Democrats 26.


But it also indicated that nearly four in 10 voters had not yet made up their mind who to back, suggesting all was still to play for.


Gordon Brown, fighting to secure a historic fourth term in office for Labour, was to travel through northern England and Scotland Wednesday.


At a campaign rally late Tuesday in Manchester, northwest England, Brown appealed to voters to “come home” to the party.


“When the last 48 hours of this campaign has passed, in that one minute in the polling booth vote for the kind of country you believe in, and come home to Labour,” he said.


But there were mixed messages from Labour over the issue of tactical voting.


Cabinet ministers Ed Balls and Peter Hain signalled Labour supporters should cast their ballots for Nick Clegg’s centrist Liberal Democrats in seats where it was a tight race between the Lib Dems and the Tories.


Tactical voting in the swing constituencies, which essentially decide the results of British elections, could keep the Conservatives out of power, they suggested.


“Of course I want the Labour candidate to win but I understand people’s concerns about letting the Conservatives in,” said Balls, who is education minister.


He also urged Lib Dem supporters to “bite their lip” and vote for Labour in seats where it was a tight race between the governing party and the Conservatives, in comments to the New Statesman magazine.


But Labour campaign coordinator, Douglas Alexander, appeared to disagree with his colleague, warning: “If you vote for the Liberal Democrats you could wake up on Friday morning and see a Conservative-led government, including Liberal Democrats.”


Clegg dismissed talk of tactical voting as “another sign of Labour’s desperation.”


His party has enjoyed a surge of support in the election campaign on the back of his performance in TV debates, and he is anxious to avoid tactical voting, fearing it could dent his party’s share of the popular vote.


This would damage his negotiating power in the event of a hung parliament, with commentators suggesting he could hold the balance of power.


On the campaign trail in Glasgow, Scotland, Clegg urged voters to back his party to usher in a “new kind of politics” — one of his party’s main policies is reform of the voting system towards proportional representation.


“Support us. Support us in our campaign in these vital last crucial hours of the election campaign and deliver the fairness, the difference, the real change that I think Glasgow and Britain deserve.”

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Source: SGGP

Vietnamese M.A. student wins UK science award

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm




Vietnamese M.A. student wins UK science award


QĐND – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Postgraduate Nguyen Thao Nguyen from Vietnam has won first place in the chemistry category at the “SET for BRITAIN 2010” contest for a project related to DNA and nano-therapy. 


The chemistry student, in her final year  at the University of Southampton in the UK, will receive a cash prize of £3,000 and the Roscoe Medal award.


She earlier obtained a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oxford.  


Nguyen also won the Young Scientist award handed out by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in 2009, as well as the top prize in a competition held by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Southampton.


The overall aim of SET for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists and advance UK research and development.


The competition is divided into three distinct areas: Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics), Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Science.


Prizes are awarded for the best scientific posters presented in each discipline, including the Westminster Medal, which is awarded in memory of the late Dr. Eric Wharton, who helped establish SET for BRITAIN as a regular event.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

UK troupe to perform Shakespeare’s Othello in HCMC

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 9:03 am

A timeless English tale of love, jealousy, betrayal and murder is coming to Ho Chi Minh City in April with a unique and rare staging of Shakespeare’s Othello by world-leading school, Wellington College.

A scene from Shakespeare’s Othello, set to be performed at HCMC’s Renaissance International School on April 6 by a troupe from the UK’s Wellington College (Photo: Vietnam-Britain Friendship Association)Othello has remained virtually unchanged since it was written by William Shakespeare in around 1603, a measure of the play’s enduring power as a study of human nature. The plot sees jealous Iago plotting revenge over the marriage of Desdemona, the woman he loves, to his rival Othello, a general in the army.

Iago convinces Othello, falsely, that Desdemona has betrayed him with Cassio, his faithful lieutenant, and Othello takes his revenge with deadly consequences, only to realize his tragic mistake as the play ends. 

The play is directed by Master of Wellington College Dr. Anthony Seldon, who is also one of Britain’s most acclaimed political and historical authors having written and edited over 25 books including the standard biographical works on former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Young actors from Wellington College, one of England’s most prestigious public schools, will perform a fresh, abridged version of the 400-year-old tragedy on April 6 at the city’s Renaissance International School.

It will be one of only a few times the play has been performed in Vietnam.

The 18-member troupe also includes several musicians who will provide musical accompaniment during the performance.

“Each of these talented young actors is a star in the making,” said Dr. Seldon. “They bring an energy and passion to their performances which are extraordinary in ones so young. I have directed plays for over 30 years since my time at Oxford University and these pupils show ability and originality beyond their years.
 
“We are looking forward to bringing the genius of Shakespeare to Vietnam. His themes are intensely human, timeless and relevant in any culture. A performance of Othello in this style – in the round – has rarely, if ever, been performed in Ho Chi Minh City and it is an honor for us to represent our country’s immortal bard.”
 
The HCMC staging is part of an Asian tour by the group, who are also visiting Beijing, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

The two-hour performance will start at 7pm at the Renaissance International School (74 Nguyen Thi Thap St., Binh Thuan Ward, Dist. 7) on April 6. Free tickets can be collected by sending a request to: hiendang68@gmail.com.

Wellington College was founded in 1859 by Queen Victoria as a memorial to the Duke of Wellington, one of Britain’s greatest military figures. The Duke defeated the French Emperor Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, one of Europe’s most historic and significant battles, ending the Napoleonic wars that had raged for 12 years.

Source: SGGP