Brazil’s $60 million-a-day meat exports collapse to $74,000 amid inspection scandal

Japan Times

AP Mar 23, 2017

Brazil’s meat exports effectively collapsed this week, the agricultural minister said Wednesday, as several countries halted imports from the South American country in the wake of a meat inspection scandal.

Brazil is struggling to contain the scandal, in which investigators say that health inspectors were bribed to overlook expired meats and chemicals and that other products were added to meat to improve its appearance and smell. The government has largely tried to downplay the extent of the corruption, while also criticizing the federal police for how they have communicated about it. Continue reading “Brazil’s $60 million-a-day meat exports collapse to $74,000 amid inspection scandal”

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Quận 1: Tháo dỡ bậc thềm lấn chiếm vỉa hè của rạp hát gần trăm tuổi

Quang cảnh tháo dỡ các bậc thềm lấn chiếm vỉa hè trước rạp Công Nhân vào tối qua

  Đêm qua, 22.3, ông Đoàn Ngọc Hải, Phó chủ tịch quận 1 đã dừng chân trước rạp Công Nhân (Nhà hát kịch thành phố) nằm trên đường Trần Hưng Đạo (thuộc phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh), ra lệnh phá dỡ toàn bộ 5 bậc thềm có chiều ngang hơn 20 mét vì lấn chiếm vỉa hè. Ít ai biết rạp hát có tuổi đời gần 1 thế kỷ này từng là tài sản của một vị đại gia lẫy lừng Sài Gòn.

Ông Lê Quan Ba, một nhân viên kỳ cựu của Nhà hát kịch thành phố nói trong tiếng ồn của máy khoan: “Tôi năm nay đã được 83 tuổi thì 5 bậc thềm lên xuống rạp này đã có khoảng 80 năm”. Ông Ba cho biết khi nghe tin lực lượng chức năng tháo dỡ bậc thềm, ông chạy từ trên lầu nhà hát xuống để nhìn nó lần cuối, vì bậc thềm này gắn bó nhiều kỷ niệm với ông từ khi còn nhỏ. Trong khi bậc thềm lần lượt bị phá dỡ thành đống gạch vụn thì ông Ba ngồi trên ghế nhìn chăm chú. Continue reading “Quận 1: Tháo dỡ bậc thềm lấn chiếm vỉa hè của rạp hát gần trăm tuổi”

Sand meant to protect beaches ‘stolen’ in central Vietnam

TUOI TRE NEWS

Updated : 03/24/2017 13:55 GMT + 7

A huge amount of sand dredged in two river projects originally meant for protecting an eroding beach in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam has been directed away from its expected location.

In early 2017, the Quang Nam administration approved two dredging projects on Cua Dai River in the province’s Hoi An City, with the exploited sand meant to be used as an aid against erosion at the nearby Cua Dai beach.

However, ships transporting sand dredged from the projects have been spotted heading to locations other than Cua Dai beach. Continue reading “Sand meant to protect beaches ‘stolen’ in central Vietnam”

Echoes of war, seeds of hope

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In visit to Vietnam, Faust stresses importance of remembrance in healing from conflict

March 23, 2017 | Editor’s Pick Popular
Drew Faust travels to Asia

Even decades after the Vietnam War, the United States and Vietnam are still surveying the conflict’s aftermath, seeking understanding and healing of wounds physical and spiritual, individual and widespread, Harvard President Drew Faust said today during a visit to the Southeast Asian nation. Continue reading “Echoes of war, seeds of hope”

Four sand mining projects suspended in Đồng Nai

vietnam news

Update: March, 24/2017 – 19:00

Sand mining on the Thị Vải River in the southern province of Đồng Nai. — Photo dantri.vn
Viet Nam News ĐỒNG NAI — The southern Đồng Nai Province’s transport department on Thursday ordered four sand mining and dredging projects in the region to suspend operations.

The four projects are: dredging on the inland waterway of Thái Thiện stream from Thị Vải River to Kim Nhật inland wharf (Phước Thái Commune, Long Thành District); dredging on Ông Trung channel (Phước Tân and Tam Phước communes, Biên Hoà City); dredging and clearing of Buông River and Bến Gỗ River (Phước Tân and Tam Phước communes, Biên Hoà City); and dredging and operating inland waterway on Đồng Kho River (Phước An Commune, Nhơn Trạch District). Continue reading “Four sand mining projects suspended in Đồng Nai”

WB pledges $1.8 billion in 2017 assistance

Vietnam news

Update: March, 24/2017 – 10:01

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (R) receives WB CEO Kristalina Georgieva in Hà Nội yesterday. VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

HÀ NỘI — The World Bank (WB) will earmark US$1.8 billion for Việt Nam in 2017 to support the nation’s poverty reduction, water resource management, agricultural development and urban improvement efforts.

Visiting WB CEO Kristalina Georgieva said this in Hà Nội yesterday as she met with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân.

Prime Minister Phúc said that the WB has played a valuable role in the country’s socio-economic development, especially poverty elimination. Continue reading “WB pledges $1.8 billion in 2017 assistance”

Malaysian politicians offer thousands of dollars for ‘best essays’ slamming leaders

KUALA LUMPUR: UMNO’s information chief Annuar Musa on Friday (Mar 24) upped the ante in his war of words against the Democratic Action Party (DAP)’s Lim Kit Siang, increasing a RM10,000 (US$2,260) cash reward to RM50,000 (US$11,300) for someone who can write the best piece to prove his belief that Lim is “racist, anti-Islam, anti-Malay and a dictator”. Continue reading “Malaysian politicians offer thousands of dollars for ‘best essays’ slamming leaders”

UN will investigate crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

But Myanmar ambassador Htin Lynn, speaking before the decision was taken by consensus, rejected the move as “not acceptable”. Myanmar’s national commission had just interviewed alleged victims who fled to Bangladesh and would issue its findings by August, he said.

The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution without a vote, brought by the European Union and supported by countries including the United States, that called for “ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims”. Continue reading “UN will investigate crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar”

Ở Tam Nông có đồng ‘hoa lạ’: hoa nhĩ cán

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  • Hoa nhĩ cán nhuộm tím dòng kênh Đồng Tháp

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Ở Tam Nông có đồng ‘hoa lạ’: hoa nhĩ cán

21/02/2017 21:00 GMT+7

TTO – Lạ vì nhiều người lần đầu nghe danh. Qua mùa chim sinh sản, Vườn quốc gia Tam Nông thưa thớt chim gọi đàn. Bù lại là mùa của nhiều loài hoa dại, mà độc đáo hơn cả là hoa nhĩ cán, còn gọi là rong ly, tên khoa học là Lentibulariaceae.

Environment minister urges water conservation in Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 03/23/2017 18:35 GMT + 7

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha warned citizens at an event in northern Vietnam of the alarming scarcity of water, calling for the urgent conservation of water resources in the country.

A national campaign was organized in Bac Ninh Province on Wednesday morning to mark World Water Day, an event aimed at raising social awareness of water pollution and the importance of protecting resources.

The event was sponsored by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and Comfort, a Unilever brand in Vietnam.

Situated downstream of many major rivers, Vietnam faces significant challenges brought about by a lack of water resources, Minister Ha explained at the event.

“Two-thirds of the water in Vietnam’s rivers come from outside the territory,” the official pointed out, adding that the average volume in the country is about 3,600 cubic meters per person a year, compared to the global average of 4,000 cubic meters per person. Continue reading “Environment minister urges water conservation in Vietnam”

Vietnam detains two for anti-state propaganda

REUTERS/TUOI TRE NEWS

Updated : 03/23/2017 08:53 GMT + 7

Vietnam has detained two men for posting anti-state comments.

Bui Hieu Vo, 55, and Phan Kim Khanh, 24, were detained for investigation of “propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, the government said on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

The government said Vo posted “fabricated, distorted and defamed information” against the government and incited the use of petrol bombs and acid to attack leaders of the Communist Party, the state and the police..

Khanh managed two blogs, three Facebook pages and two YouTube channels to post “fabricated and distorted” information against Vietnam, the government statement said.

Vietnam last week also called on all companies doing business in the country to stop advertising on YouTube, Facebook and other social media until they had found a way to halt the publication of “toxic” anti-government information.

The government said both worked with the United States-based Viet Tan, or Vietnam Reform Party, which Hanoi has declared a terrorist group, and that any Vietnamese found to be involved with it would be regarded as co-conspirators and punished.

Hungry wild elephants trash crops, property

vietnam news

Update: March, 24/2017 – 09:00

A wild elephant enters the field of a resident in the southern province of Đồng Nai. The reduced and degraded habitats in the province ave resulted in lack of food. – Photo vtv.vn

Viet Nam News ĐỒNG NAI Wild elephant habitats in the southern province of  Đồng Nai are being reduced and degraded, leading to a lack of food and more conflicts between animals and humans, according to local authorities.

Experts say the elephant requires a vast habitat but its living space has been shrunk due to human encroachment into the forest. Local foresters in Đồng Nai say the natural habitat for wild Asian elephants has shrunk from 50,000ha in the 1990s to 34,000ha in 2009. Continue reading “Hungry wild elephants trash crops, property”

Four central cities join One Planet City Challenge

vietnam news

Update: March, 23/2017 – 09:00

Solar panels on the roof of a residential apartment in Đà Nẵng. Thirty per cent of the city’s population are using solar powered water-heaters. — VNS Photo Công Thành

ĐÀ NẴNG — Four cities in Việt Nam – Huế, Đà Nẵng, Hội An and Đồng Hà – have agreed to enter World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF)’s One Planet City Challenge programme to show how cities can be a hub for creativity, ambition and innovation in dealing with climate change.

A WWF statement on Wednesday said cities generate 70 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, and WWF’s One Planet City Challenge is a biennial competition that recognises and rewards cities for developing infrastructure, housing, transport and mobility solutions to power the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. Continue reading “Four central cities join One Planet City Challenge”

Mekong Delta land subsidence causes explained

Vietnam news

Update: March, 23/2017 – 12:00

People drill wells in Lương Tâm Commune, Long Mỹ District in southern Long An Province for daily use and production, particularly during droughts. Underground water exploitation is blamed as main cause for land subsidence in the Mekong Delta region. — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Sử

HCM CITY — Up to four centimetres of land subsidence occurs in the Mekong Delta each year, and exploitation of groundwater is one of several factors causing it.

“The consequences of land sinking are much more serious than those of climate change and rising seas, especially in urban areas where people exploit groundwater,” Assoc Prof Dr Nguyễn Hiếu Trung of Cần Thơ University told a seminar held in Cần Thơ on Tuesday titled “Land subsidence in Mekong Delta: challenges and future solutions”. Continue reading “Mekong Delta land subsidence causes explained”