Vietnam’s economic growth slips to 3-year low in Q1

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Updated : 03/29/2017 16:34 GMT + 7

Vietnam’s economy grew at its slowest pace in three years in the first quarter, government data showed on Wednesday, as production was weak in agriculture, mining and manufacturing.

The General Statistics Office (GSO) said annual growth in January-March was 5.1 percent. That was the slowest expansion for any quarter since the first three months of 2014.

Nguyen Bich Lam, head of GSO, said that if current trends are maintained, Vietnam is “unlikely to reach” its 2017 growth target of 6.7 percent. Continue reading “Vietnam’s economic growth slips to 3-year low in Q1”


World Bank report on Vietnam’s pork safety sparks concern, doubt


Updated : 04/03/2017 16:28 GMT + 7

Consumers are seen at a pork stall at a small market in Ho Chi Minh City.
A recent World Bank report claiming that up to 40 percent of pork in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is potentially contaminated with the salmonella bacteria has raised concern and doubt as to whether the ratio is too high compared with Vietnam’s own statistics.

The World Bank data may not truly reflect the meat safety situation in those cities, according to local insiders.

The report, released on March 27, points out several alarming issues in Vietnam’s food safety risk management, such as the fact that 80 percent of pork is sold in wet markets, and 76 percent of meat is slaughtered in small and dirty facilities.

The World Bank also underlined that the most prevalent microbiological hazard in pork in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is salmonella, with the bacteria found in 30 percent of the pork samples taken at slaughterhouses, and 40 percent of the pork found on sale at local markets. Continue reading “World Bank report on Vietnam’s pork safety sparks concern, doubt”

‘Biggest insurgent attack in years’ in Thai south wounds 12 police officers

YALA, Thailand: Insurgents fired hundreds of shots into a police booth in restive Muslim-majority southern Thailand on Monday, wounding 12 officers in what police called the biggest such attack in years.

A decades-old separatist insurgency in the provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has claimed more than 6,500 lives since it escalated in 2004, according to independent monitoring group Deep South Watch. Continue reading “‘Biggest insurgent attack in years’ in Thai south wounds 12 police officers”

Indonesia sinks more boats in war on illegal fishing


JAKARTA: Indonesia destroyed 81 mostly foreign boats at the weekend that had been caught illegally fishing in its waters, taking to more than 300 the number sunk since President Joko Widodo launched a battle against the poaching of fish in 2014.

The Southeast Asian country has some of the world’s richest fishing grounds, but authorities have struggled to prevent trawlers, often from Asian neighbours, from making incursions into the seas around the vast archipelago. Continue reading “Indonesia sinks more boats in war on illegal fishing”

Phần hồn Hội An phai nhạt

01/04/2017 22:31

Nhà thờ tộc Tăng, một di tích đặc biệt ở phố cổ Hội An, sau khi trùng tu đang được tận dụng để kinh doanh
Nhà thờ tộc Tăng, một di tích đặc biệt ở phố cổ Hội An, sau khi trùng tu đang được tận dụng để kinh doanh

Nhiều nhà cổ thay tên đổi chủ, thay đổi chức năng và tình trạng biến động dân cư ở Hội An đang làm biến dạng những giá trị trong quần thể di tích được cho là “bảo tàng sống” này

Một buổi sáng giữa tháng 2-2017, người dân đi tập thể dục phát hiện mùi khét cùng đám khói bốc lên nghi ngút từ ngôi nhà cổ vắng chủ ở số 95 Nguyễn Thái Học, phường Minh An, TP Hội An, tỉnh Quảng Nam. Nhiều người hô hoán cùng nhau phá cửa xông vào dập lửa, di chuyển đồ đạc khỏi nhà để hạn chế thiệt hại. Một lúc sau, đám cháy được dập tắt với sự trợ giúp của lực lượng chức năng. Continue reading “Phần hồn Hội An phai nhạt”

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Himalayan glaciers granted status of ‘living entities’

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An Indian court has recognized Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as “legal persons” in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country’s two most sacred rivers.

In a decision that aims to widen environmental protections in the mountainous region, the court granted the legal standing to the glaciers Gangotri and Yamunotri,m which feed India’s venerated Ganges and Yamuna rivers, which won the status in a landmark judgment in March. Continue reading “Himalayan glaciers granted status of ‘living entities’”

Japan kills more than 300 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Whaling fleet returns to port after slaughtering hundreds of minke whales, in defiance of moratorium on hunting and global criticism

A dead minke whale onboard the Nisshin Maru, part of the Japanese whaling fleet, at sea in Antarctic waters.
A dead minke whale onboard the Nisshin Maru, part of the Japanese whaling fleet, at sea in Antarctic waters. Photograph: Glenn Lockitch/AFP/Getty Images

A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port on Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals, as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.

The fleet set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, with plans to slaughter 333 minke whales, flouting a worldwide moratorium and opposition led by Australia and New Zealand.

The fleet consisted of five ships, three of which arrived on Friday morning at Shimonoseki port in western Japan, the country’s Fisheries Agency said.

More than 200 people, including crew members and their families, gathered in the rain for a 30-minute ceremony in front of the Nisshin Maru, the fleet’s main ship, according to an official of the Shimonoseki city government. Continue reading “Japan kills more than 300 whales in annual Antarctic hunt”

15 năm tới vẫn phải là nhiệt điện than?

07:00 AM – 06/11/2016 Thanh Niên
Nhiệt điện Duyên Hải 1 (Trà Vinh) /// Ảnh: Nguyên An
Nhiệt điện Duyên Hải 1 (Trà Vinh)  Ảnh: Nguyên An
Thứ trưởng Bộ Công thương Hoàng Quốc Vượng khẳng định xu thế tất yếu trong 15 năm tới vẫn phải là nhiệt điện than, nếu không sẽ khó đảm bảo đủ điện cho nền kinh tế.
Quan điểm trên được Thứ trưởng Vượng khẳng định hôm qua (5.11) tại hội thảo về nhiệt điện than do cơ quan này tổ chức.
Không thể khác?
Hội thảo này diễn ra trong bối cảnh nhiệt điện than được dư luận đặc biệt chú ý sau khi một số tổ chức kiến nghị Chính phủ ngừng phát triển loại năng lượng này cũng như việc Bộ Công thương mới đây đã đưa một loạt nhà máy điện than vào diện kiểm soát đặc biệt về môi trường.

Continue reading “15 năm tới vẫn phải là nhiệt điện than?”