Look out: Rhinos ‘invading’ downtown Ho Chi Minh City


Updated : 03/27/2017 14:45 GMT + 7

Walls along several streets of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City have been given a touch-up with graffiti and mural paintings featuring rhinos, as part of a campaign to protect the endangered animal.

The campaign, named Rhinos Street Art Painting Project, is run by the Center of Hands-on Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment (CHANGE) and is backed by the local Youth Union and WildAct Vietnam, a non-government conservation charity.

The project gave the rhino-themed facelifts to walls in seven wards – Da Kao, Cau Kho, Nguyen Thai Binh, Pham Ngu Lao, Tan Dinh, Ben Nghe and Ben Thanh. Tiếp tục đọc “Look out: Rhinos ‘invading’ downtown Ho Chi Minh City”

PetroVietnam, Exxon Mobil ink $10bn gas project agreement


Updated : 03/28/2017 14:13 GMT + 7

PetroVietnam and U.S. Exxon Mobil Corp representatives sign the investment agreement in Quang Nam Province, located in central Vietnam, on March 26, 2017.

PetroVietnam and U.S. Exxon Mobil Corp have signed an investment agreement on a major gas project off the central province of Quang Nam, the Vietnamese state-run energy group said on Monday.

The gas field, called Ca Voi Xanh (Blue Whale), has some 150 billion cubic meters of gas reserves, three times the reserve of Nam Con Son, the country’s current biggest gas project.

The signing of the PetroVietnam-Exxon Mobil agreement was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, during an investment promotion conference in the central province last week. Tiếp tục đọc “PetroVietnam, Exxon Mobil ink $10bn gas project agreement”

Metallurgy plant emissions destroy Lào Cai’s pineapple crop

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Update: March, 28/2017 – 17:00

Close to 200 hectares of pineapple and other crops were destroyed owing to emissions from a metallurgy plant in Lào Cai Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Tư
Viet Nam News LÀO CAI — Authorities have confirmed emissions from Tứ Đỉnh Joint Stock Company’s metallurgy plant are destroying around 200 hectares of pineapple and other crops in the northern Lào Cai Province’s Mường Khương District.

Last Friday, Dân Trí online newspaper reported that dozens of households in Mường Khương District were in a desperate situation as hundreds of tonnes of pineapples that were ready for harvest had rotted suddenly. Tiếp tục đọc “Metallurgy plant emissions destroy Lào Cai’s pineapple crop”

Prosecutors want changes in law, investigation methods to handle sexual abuse of children

Update: March, 28/2017 – 10:56

The Surpreme People’s Procuracy, the nation’s premier prosecuting agency, has requested changes in the Penal Code to facilitate investigations into and legal proceedings against child sex abuse suspects.— Photo daibieunhandan.vn

HÀ NỘI — The Surpreme People’s Procuracy, the nation’s premier prosecuting agency, has requested changes in the Penal Code to facilitate investigations into and legal proceedings against child sex abuse suspects.

The request was made yesterday at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Justice Committee and the Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, Adolescents and Children in Hà Nội.

The meeting dealt with the recent exposes of several cases where children were sexually abused in different parts of the country, denoting a serious, growing problem. Tiếp tục đọc “Prosecutors want changes in law, investigation methods to handle sexual abuse of children”

Missing Taiwan activist allegedly detained in China

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Lee Ming-che disappeared after clearing immigration in Macau on March 19, but China remains mum about his whereabouts.

Lee Ching-yu, third from the right, holds up a photo of her missing husband Lee Ming-che [AP]

A Taiwanese human rights advocate who went missing last week in China has been arrested by mainland authorities, according to his wife.

Lee Ching-yu, the wife of non-governmental activist Lee Ming-che, said in a statement on Tuesday that reliable government sources suggest her husband has been detained by Chinese security officials.

“I want the government of China to act like a civilised country and tell me what they’re doing with my husband on what legal grounds and … what they plan to do with him,” Lee said.

The Taiwan Association for Human Rights said Lee disappeared after clearing immigration on March 19 in Macau, and never showed up for a planned meeting later that day with a friend across the border in China’s city of Zhuhai.

READ MORE: China cuts communication channel with Taiwan

On Tuesday, Lee’s wife visited the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), a semi-official organisation handling business matters involving China.

She said her husband might need more money to get “food and hypertension” medicine.

SEF spokeswoman Lee Li-jen said her organisation has twice contacted its counterpart in China, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, but received no response.

“We will contact them later today again, hoping to get more details,” she told AP news agency.

Police and government officials in southern China either could not be reached or said they had no information about Lee. China’s foreign ministry said it was unaware of his case.

‘One China’ dispute

Cheng Hsiu-chuan, president of a Taipei college where Lee worked, told AP the 42-year-old may have attracted the attention of Chinese security after using the Chinese social media service WeChat to “teach” China-Taiwan relations to an unknown number of people.

“For China, the material he was teaching would be seen as sensitive,” Cheng said.

Cheng said Beijing should release public records about his entry, such as CCTV images.

“The Mainland Affairs Council has engaged. We’ll do our best,” Taiwan’s presidential spokesman Alex Huang said late on Tuesday.

In June, China halted communications with Taiwan, a move triggered by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s failure to endorse the “one China” principle, which requires countries that seek diplomatic relations with China to break official relations with Taiwan.

China and Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949. China insists the two sides must eventually unify – by force if necessary.

Source: News agencies

Wary of Trump, China launches EU charm offensive – diplomats

BRUSSELS/BEIJING: China has launched a charm offensive with the European Union since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, shifting its stance on trade negotiations and signalling closer cooperation on a range of other issues, European diplomats say.

European envoys in Brussels and Beijing sense a greater urgency from China to find allies willing to stand up for globalisation amid fears Trump could undermine it with his protectionist “America First” policies. Tiếp tục đọc “Wary of Trump, China launches EU charm offensive – diplomats”

A year on, regal Suu Kyi struggles to move Myanmar on from conflict

“You must be very disappointed,” she said. “You know, my plan had been that we would get the peace process done and then I would be able to bring my attention – personally – to the economy.”

The remark, recounted to Reuters by the adviser speaking on condition of anonymity, offers a rare insight into Suu Kyi’s thinking on what some critics say are the defining issues of her first year in power: continued fighting with ethnic armed groups in the north, sluggish progress on retooling an economy stunted by decades of military rule, and a reluctance to delegate power to others. Tiếp tục đọc “A year on, regal Suu Kyi struggles to move Myanmar on from conflict”

Thế giới đã ngừng phát triển nhiệt điện than như thế nào?

MTG –  lúc: 28.03.2017 06:09

 Sau hơn một thập kỷ phát triển bùng nổ chưa từng có, công suất điện than của toàn thế giới đã giảm xuống vào năm 2016, nguyên nhân chủ yếu là do sự thay đổi về chính sách và điều kiện kinh tế của hai nước sử dụng điện than nhiều nhất thế giới là Trung Quốc và Ấn Độ.

Tiếp tục đọc “Thế giới đã ngừng phát triển nhiệt điện than như thế nào?”

Tuyên án sơ thẩm vụ Trần Minh Lợi: Người tố cán bộ tham nhũng lãnh án nặng nhất

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