Hà Nội – blooming yellow with canola flowers

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Young people in Hanoi have been flocking to gardens on the outskirts of the city to witness the beauty of blooming canola flowers.


A canola field is filled with its signature yellow blooms in a Hanoi suburb. Photo: Tuoi Tre Continue reading “Hà Nội – blooming yellow with canola flowers”

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Productivity key to escaping mid-income trap

vietnamnews Update: December, 14/2017 – 08:00

Workers produce mechanical accessories and parts at the Hirota Precision Viet Nam Co.,Ltd in Đồng Nai Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has to focus on increasing labour productivity and overall productivity growth to avoid the risk of being stuck in the middle income trap, experts said at the Vietnam Development Forum (VDF) 2017 yesterday.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said that there were signs of slowdown in productivity growth, a key driver of sustainable development, and this has to be reversed with innovation, creativity and technological applications. Continue reading “Productivity key to escaping mid-income trap”

Nation zeroes in on hunger elimination

vietnamnews Update: December, 14/2017 – 09:13

Dũng speaks at the first meeting of the National Steering Committee for the ten year (2016-2025) Zero Hunger Action Programme in Hà Nội yesterday. — Photo toquoc.vn

HÀ NỘI — Poverty alleviation and hunger eradication has been a consistent priority for Viet Nam and the country is committed to achieving these goals in co-operation with the international community, Deputy PM Trịnh Đình Dũng said in Hà Nội yesterday.

Dũng was speaking at the first meeting of the National Steering Committee for the ten year (2016-2025) Zero Hunger Action Programme. Continue reading “Nation zeroes in on hunger elimination”

ADB lifts growth prospect of VN to 6.7%

vietnamnews Update: December, 13/2017 – 18:00

Việt Nam’s growth prospect is predicted to be 6.7 per cent in both 2017 and 2018. — Photo bantuyengiao.vn
Viet Nam News  HÀ NỘI — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) revised Việt Nam’s growth prospect upward to 6.7 per cent in both 2017 and 2018 compared with earlier forecasts of 6.3 and 6.5 per cent, respectively.

This is part of ADB’s forecast on economic expansion of developing Asia, which showed the GDP of the first three quarters of 2017 in Việt Nam grew by 6.4 per cent, up from 5.9 per cent in the same period of 2016. Continue reading “ADB lifts growth prospect of VN to 6.7%”

58 newly-discovered caves in Quảng Bình

vietnamnews Update: December, 14/2017 – 09:00

A cave located in the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park. — Photo chinhphu.vn
Viet Nam News QUẢNG BÌNH — Authorities of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park in central Quảng Bình Province on Tuesday announced the discovery of 58 new caves in its territory.

Lê Thanh Tịnh, the park’s director was quoted by local newspapers as saying the newly-discovered caves are in buffer zone of the park in the province’s mountainous Minh Hóa District. Continue reading “58 newly-discovered caves in Quảng Bình”

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan’s Quetta before Christmas, killing nine

Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.

 
A policeman takes position after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

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QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD: Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.

Police guards stationed at the church entrance and on its roof killed one of the bombers but the second attacker detonated his explosives-filled vest outside its prayer hall just after Sunday services began in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, said Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial home minister. Continue reading “Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan’s Quetta before Christmas, killing nine”

Commentary: China’s impressive record in climate change fuels questions of global leadership

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China’s moves to adopt clean energy and continued strong backing of the Paris Agreement are laudable but the country still has some way to go, says one observer.

 
Workers walk past solar panels in Jimo, Shandong Province, China, April 21, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS)

LONDON: Xi Jinping had a good year in 2017.

It began on the international stage at Davos, when the Chinese leader, in sober suit and tie, assured his nervous audience that China was a steady ally that stood by its treaty commitments, including the Paris Agreement, and was firm in its commitment to globalisation.

The contrast with the US president was too obvious to need stating.

As the year draws to a close, Xi, in his domestic capacity as chairman of everything, appears to have consolidated his leadership of party, army and state into an unassailable, long-term dominance.

It is worth asking then what Xi Jinping means by his commitment to globalisation and to tackling climate change, and, in what way China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, might fill the leadership vacuum created by the absence of the United States. Continue reading “Commentary: China’s impressive record in climate change fuels questions of global leadership”

Hàng loạt cán bộ bị Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương đề nghị kỷ luật

Thứ bảy, 16/12/2017 | 18:07 GMT+7 VnExpress

Tại kỳ họp thứ 20, Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương đã cảnh cáo, khiển trách nhiều cán bộ và đề nghị Ban bí thư kỷ luật một số người.

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Kỳ họp thứ 20 của Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương đã kỷ luật, đề nghị kỷ luật hàng loạt cán bộ. Ảnh: KT

Trong hai ngày 12 và 13/12, Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương đã họp kỳ thứ 20, đưa ra quyết định kỷ luật hoặc đề nghị Ban bí thư xem xét thi hành kỷ luật đối với hàng loạt cán bộ.

Phó chủ tịch tỉnh Thanh Hóa đã “bổ nhiệm thần tốc” nữ trưởng phòng

Theo cơ quan kiểm tra, từ tháng 10/2010 – 11/2015, với cương vị Bí thư Đảng ủy, Giám đốc Sở Xây dựng tỉnh Thanh Hoá, ông Ngô Văn Tuấn – Tỉnh uỷ viên, Phó chủ tịch UBND tỉnh, đã vi phạm nguyên tắc tập trung dân chủ, vi phạm các quy định của Đảng, Nhà nước về công tác tổ chức, cán bộ.

Cụ thể, ông Tuấn đã làm trái quy định của Hội đồng thi tuyển công chức tỉnh Thanh Hóa năm 2011; ban hành quyết định không đúng thẩm quyền về thành lập Hội đồng tuyển chọn cán bộ, công chức của Sở Xây dựng. Continue reading “Hàng loạt cán bộ bị Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương đề nghị kỷ luật”

Taiwan steel firm behind toxic dump in Vietnam fined again

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December 17, 2017

The deadly dump from Formosa’s $11b steel plant in Ha Tinh province sparked one of the country’s worst environmental catastrophes

Hanoi: A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic spill that killed tonnes of fish in central Vietnam last year was fined for a second time for illegally burying “harmful” waste, official sources said on Sunday.

The deadly dump from Formosa’s $11 billion (Dh40 billion) steel plant in Ha Tinh province sparked one of the country’s worst environmental catastrophes, decimating livelihoods along swathes of coastline and prompting months of rare protests in the authoritarian country.

The firm was initially fined $500 million for pouring toxic chemicals including cyanide into the ocean in April 2016, and has now been ordered to pay an additional $25,000 on separate charges of burying harmful solid waste in the ground, according to the official Cong Ly newspaper. Continue reading “Taiwan steel firm behind toxic dump in Vietnam fined again”

Is air pollution causing landslides in China?

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• Cracks caused by mining under the potential slide rock mass ruptured the aquiclude.
• Acid rain supplied nutrients to organisms decomposing organic matrix in the shale.
• Acid rain reduced strength of the shale layer on which the failure surface formed.

Continue reading “Is air pollution causing landslides in China?”

Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland & Most Countries In Africa

Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland

The map above shows which countries consume less electricity than the amount consumed by global bitcoin miningBitcoin’s ongoing meteoric price rise has received the bulk of recent press attention with a lot of discussion around whether or not it’s a bubble waiting to burst.

However, most the coverage has missed out one of the more interesting and unintended consequences of this price increase. That is the surge in global electricity consumption used to “mine” more Bitcoins.

According to Digiconomist’s Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index, as of Monday November 20th, 2017 Bitcoin’s current estimated annual electricity consumption stands at 29.05TWh.

That’s the equivalent of 0.13% of total global electricity consumption. While that may not sound like a lot, it means Bitcoin mining is now using more electricity than 159 individual countries (as you can see from the map above). More than Ireland or Nigeria. Continue reading “Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland & Most Countries In Africa”

FDI: many figures, few explanations

Last update 12:00 | 15/12/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – By October 20, implemented foreign direct investment (FDI) had reached $14.2 billion and foreign portfolio investment (FPI) $4.7 billion, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

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By October 20, the implemented FDI had reached $14.2 billion

The public now can access figures about foreign investment monthly from the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) and GSO, and quarterly from the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), reflected in the Balance of Payments.

According to SBV, the disbursed FDI capital is estimated at $5.9 billion.

Foreign investors (both FDI and FPI) have disbursed $18.9 billion so far this year and commercial banks now hold $13 billion of the disbursed money. Continue reading “FDI: many figures, few explanations”

Blind teacher wins top scholarship for social work

Last update 10:27 | 16/12/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Huynh Huu Canh and his cousin were digging up an iron object one day when a bomb left over from the war exploded, killing his cousin and leaving Canh, then in the fourth grade, blind.

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Huynh Huu Canh, who has won a scholarship to study for a master’s degree, attends the Australia Awards Scholarships ceremony in HCM City with his wife and sister in early December. – VNS Photo Gia Loc

“That time was horrible. I fell into a depression,” Canh said, adding that he could no longer see a sunset, farmland or colours.

He became isolated in his home and his parents did not know what to do, thinking he would become a lottery ticket seller.

In early December, he was one of 52 Vietnamese who were granted an Australia Awards Scholarship, which is part of a programme funded by the Australian Government, offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development. Continue reading “Blind teacher wins top scholarship for social work”