Ministry to inspect deforestation in Phu Yen

Last update 16:14 | 05/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has decided to establish a team to inspect the use of forest land for other purposes in Phu Yen Province.

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Trees are chopped down to pave the way for a cow raising project. – Photo

The team with six members, led by Doan Hai Nam, deputy head of the Forest Protection Department under the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry, will work in 30 days.

The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, project owners and related units will be scrutinised. Tiếp tục đọc “Ministry to inspect deforestation in Phu Yen”

Climate policy hub opens in Hanoi

Last update 17:17 | 05/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – A knowledge hub to support climate change action was launched in Ha Noi on Tuesday.

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Youngsters plant a coastal protection forest in Soc Trang Province’s Tran De District. — Photo: VNA/VNS 

The Climate Policy Hub, hosted by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)’s regional office in Ha Noi, aims to generate robust evidence on climate change in countries across Asia, and assist in policy development and investment decisions aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The hub offers agro-ecosystem diagnoses, mapping and modelling exercises, and economic and policy analyses, said Dr Dindo Campilan, CIAT’s Asia director at the inauguration ceremony. Tiếp tục đọc “Climate policy hub opens in Hanoi”

Measures needed to reduce pollution from coal thermal power plants

Last update 17:41 | 05/04/2017

Developing coal-fired thermal power plants is needed to ensure the provision of electricity nationwide, but it risks environmental pollution without strict management.

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According to the Electricity of ietnam (EVN), the total capacity of these plants is estimated at 13,483 MW at present, accounting for 34.37 percent of electricity production.

In 2025-2030, southern provinces will need an additional 30,000 MW of electricity to fuel economic growth. Therefore, by 2020, there are set to be 32 coal thermal power plants with a combined capacity of about 26,000 MW, making up 49.3 percent of total electricity output.

By 2025 and 2030, this figure will be 47,600 MW and 55,300 MW, accounting for 55 percent and 53.2 percent of the electricity production, respectively. Tiếp tục đọc “Measures needed to reduce pollution from coal thermal power plants”

Tam Thanh – the fishing village of murals

Last update 10:26 | 05/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Artists from South Korea have given Tam Thanh fishing village in central Quang Nam Province a new look with colourful murals.

In early June 2016, Tam Thanh Village in Tam Thanh Commune was chosen for an art project as part of the Korea Foundation Community Art Exchange Programme held by the Korea Foundation and the UN-Habitat Vietnam to improve living conditions and introduce more art to the public.

Five artists from the South Korea, 12 volunteers and many Vietnamese students have given the walls of about 100 houses a new face. Tiếp tục đọc “Tam Thanh – the fishing village of murals”

Hanoi police seize transcontinental crime gang from Colombia

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 04/05/2017 09:35 GMT + 7

Police in Hanoi have arrested a transcontinental gang of robbers originating from Colombia, who have operated in multiple countries including Vietnam.

Five members of the syndicate, Rodriguez Cuervo Luis Alexander, 40, Jose Aureliano Rosas Pena, 55, Ladino Cardona Jersain 51, Fabian Lucero Wilches, 35, and Carlos Alberto Lamprea Pena, 47, are all Colombian nationals, the municipal police department confirmed on Tuesday.

At the height of their activity in the Vietnamese capital, the gang targeted residents who had just withdrawn large sums of money from their banks.

According to the case file, their latest scheme was carried out on March 28. Tiếp tục đọc “Hanoi police seize transcontinental crime gang from Colombia”

Vietnam proposes drastically increasing ‘environment tax’ on petrol


Updated : 04/05/2017 13:00 GMT + 7

A woman refills her motorbike at a gasoline station in Ho Chi Minh City.
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The Vietnamese government is drafting an amendment to the law on environmental protection tax, which includes a proposal to more than double the current tax on gasoline.

The bill, prepared by the Ministry of Finance, suggests lifting the maximum environmental protection tax on gasoline to VND8,000 per liter from the current VND3,000.

Higher tax rates for other fuel products, such as diesel and fuel oil, are also proposed in the draft amendment.

The finance ministry is scheduled to collect feedback for the bill in April and submit a final draft to government in May. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam proposes drastically increasing ‘environment tax’ on petrol”

Vietnamese painting sold for record $1.2 million


Updated : 04/05/2017 16:03 GMT + 7

‘Doi song gia dinh’ (Family life), a painting by Le Pho

A painting by 20th-century Vietnamese painter Le Pho has been sold for nearly US$1.2 million at an auction in Hong Kong on Sunday, setting a new record for the highest priced Vietnamese painting ever.

The painting, Family Life (Doi song gia dinh), depicts an intimate family moment during a leisurely day.

It features the image of a mother and child against a lively background of people on the move: the toddler rests his head on his mother’s lap, clutching her knee, while the woman rests her palms on the boy’s hands and head, tilting her head down in a nurturing manner. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnamese painting sold for record $1.2 million”

AirAsia sets up low-cost airline in Việt Nam

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Update: April, 04/2017 – 18:00


AirAsia Berhad, the Malaysian budget airline, plans to start a low-cost carrier in Việt Nam by co-operating with local businesses. — Photo


HÀ NỘI — Malaysian budget airline AirAsia Berhad plans to start a low-cost carrier in Việt Nam, co-operating with local businesses to enter the country’s booming travel market, company representatives told Việt Nam News.

AirAsia signed a shareholders’ agreement with Việt Nam’s Gumin Company Limited, Hải Âu Aviation Joint Stock Company and Trần Trọng Kiên, the owner of these two companies, to form the venture last Friday, which the airline announced in a statement to Malaysia’s stock exchange. Tiếp tục đọc “AirAsia sets up low-cost airline in Việt Nam”

‘Chemical attack’ in Syria draws international outrage

Al Jazeera

UN to investigate potential war crimes after dozens, including children, die in rebel-held town of Idlib province.

WARNING: The above report contains images some may find distressing.

A suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Syria’s Idlib province has drawn widespread international condemnation, with the United Nations saying it will investigate the bombing raid as a possible war crime.

At least 72 people, including 11 children, were killed in Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), which runs several field hospitals in the area. More than 550 people were injured. Tiếp tục đọc “‘Chemical attack’ in Syria draws international outrage”

Indonesians take ‘concrete stand’ against cement plant


Farmers in Indonesia are resorting to extreme measures of protest to show the government how the construction of a cement factory will paralyse their lives.

Sticking their feet in cement and thus unable to move for days, the women behind the rallies are called the Kartinis of Kendeng – named after Indonesia’s most famous female fighter for women’s rights, Raden Adjeng Kartini.

The women say that cement factories built in the Karst Mountains in central Java will ruin their land and pollute their water-supply and irrigation systems.

“I will fight to my last drop of blood because our ancestors fought for this land for hundreds of years, and that’s why we now can enjoy the water and the fruits from this land,” Sukinah, a protest leader, said.

“We won’t allow it to disappear like that.”

Women say cement factories built in Karst Mountains will ruin their land [Bagus Indahono/EPA]

Kendeng Mountain is a part of the Karst Mountains that contains not only springs and underground rivers but also chalk that is used in the production of cement.

While smaller companies have been mining here for years, now larger ones are coming.

But the legal battle is ongoing.

READ MORE: Indonesian tribes rally for land rights

One factory was due to start production last November, until the Supreme Court revoked its permit, saying the company’s environmental programme was unclear.

The state governor re-issued the permit after PT Semen Indonesia nearly halved the area it planned to mine. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesians take ‘concrete stand’ against cement plant”

North Korea fires missile into Sea of Japan days ahead of first Xi-Trump summit

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by Staff writer

 Apr 5, 2017Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lashed out at North Korea’s firing Wednesday of a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, just days ahead of a key summit between the U.S. and Chinese leaders expected to focus on reining in Pyongyang’s weapons programs.

The U.S. Pacific Command said it detected the launch at 6:42 a.m. from a land-based facility near Sinpo, home to a North Korean submarine base. Tiếp tục đọc “North Korea fires missile into Sea of Japan days ahead of first Xi-Trump summit”

Hơn cả Việt Nam: Thời khắc đập tan sự im lặng

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BookHunter: Vào ngày này, đúng 50 năm trước, Linh mục Martin Luther King đã phát biểu tại nhà thờ Riverside, thành phố New York để lên án chiến tranh tại Việt Nam. Đúng một năm sau đó, ngày 4 tháng 4 năm 1968, Martin Luther King đã bị ám sát. Ông là một nhà hùng biện với nhiều bài nói chuyện gây chấn động nước Mỹ cũng như toàn thế giới. Bài phát biểu “Beyond Vietnam: A time to break silence” là một trong số đó. Chúng tôi xin được lược dịch để giúp độc giả có thêm thông tin và góc nhìn về cuộc chiến diễn ra giữa Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ.  Tiếp tục đọc “Hơn cả Việt Nam: Thời khắc đập tan sự im lặng”

50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech

Tuesday, April 4th 2017

Veterans in the U.S. remember Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech on 50th Anniversary

April 4, 2017:  veterans in the U.S. and in Viet Nam acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful and courageous speech at the Riverside Church in New York, entitled Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.  In that remarkable speech, Dr. King publicly spoke out eloquently and passionately in opposition to the continuing war in Viet Nam.  He confronted the deeply rooted racism, militarism and materialism of the United States. Dr. King described the United States as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.

In the U.S., in remembrance of Dr. King’s groundbreaking speech, chapters of Veterans For Peace planned public readings across the country.  In Viet Nam, later this month we plan to host a public discussion of the important message which Dr. King conveyed to the nation on that date a half century ago.  Copies of Dr. King’s speech will be made available in English and  Vietnamese.

For the past 32 years, Veterans For Peace have called for the abolishment of war as an instrument of national policy.

“U.S. global policy of endless war and filling the coffers of an already bloated military budget has merged into a global response of violence. We need a global response that meets human needs and aspirations. Militarization is not the foundation on which to build peace. U.S. efforts have proven that war is the breeding ground for more violence and hatred. We need increased spending in social programs here at home, including significant resources dedicated to our veterans who are suffering devastating effects as a result of their service. We need an increase in diplomacy to end the wars. We need to dedicate resources to helping bring relief to the refugee crisis resulting from endless war.

“We, as veterans, know that peace is possible, but only if resources are directed towards caring for one another, not perpetuating militarization across the globe.”

                     Excerpted from VFP Statement Regarding Military Budget

4 April 1967 
Beyond Vietnam**
New York, N.Y.

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Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here tonight, and how very delighted I am to see you expressing your concern about the issues that will be discussed tonight by turning out in such large numbers. I also want to say that I consider it a great honor to share this program with Dr. Bennett, Dr. Commager, and Rabbi Heschel, some of the most distinguished leaders and personalities of our nation. And of course it’s always good to come back to Riverside Church. Over the last eight years, I have had the privilege of preaching here almost every year in that period, and it’s always a rich and rewarding experience to come to this great church and this great pulpit. Tiếp tục đọc “50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech”

India-China row deepens as Dalai Lama arrives in NE India

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Apr 4, 2017India said Tuesday that China should not interfere in its internal affairs, as the Dalai Lama began a weeklong visit to India’s remote northeast that Beijing has protested.

The Tibetan spiritual leader was greeted by cheering supporters as he arrived in Arunachal Pradesh. China claims the partly ethnically Tibetan Himalayan state as its own territory, and warned last month of “severe damage” to relations with India and increased regional instability if the Dalai Lama proceeds with his trip. Tiếp tục đọc “India-China row deepens as Dalai Lama arrives in NE India”