ASEAN Could Take Lead on Plastic Crisis in Asia

Asia Foundation

April 19, 2017

By John J. Brandon

April 22 marks Earth Day around the globe. I was in 8th grade when Earth Day was first commemorated in 1970, and to mark the day, I participated in annual trash clean-up events at my school. At that time, my world was pretty much the town where I grew up in New Jersey and I didn’t think very much about the rest of the world, I just wanted my neighborhood to be clean. But eight years later, my world expanded when I went to live and work in Bangkok. I vividly remember being struck by the amount of plastic bags, bottles, and wrapping on the streets and in the city’s once-many canals. Now, after four decades of traveling in Southeast Asia, I have witnessed the plague of the plastic bag across pretty much every major city in the region.

Manila Bay garbage

A polluted Manila Bay. It is estimated that some plastic products take more than 400 years to decompose, especially in deep waters. Photo/Flickr user Adam Cohn

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Educators compile list of complaints about parents’ irrational attitudes

Last update 07:35 | 15/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Educators who are owners of education establishments in Hanoi and HCMC have complained about irrational behavior and attitudes of parents. The following are some of their concerns:

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1.Vietnamese parents educate children as they are pets. They want fish to climb trees and monkey to swim underwater. And they tend to get angry when their children cannot do things which can be done by other children. Tiếp tục đọc “Educators compile list of complaints about parents’ irrational attitudes”

Khmer New Year Festival wishes for lucks

Last update 11:34 | 19/04/2017

Choi Chnam Thmay is the traditional New Year of the Khmer people living in the Mekong Delta. It takes place from April 13 to 15, bringing crowds to pagodas to worship Buddha. Traditional customs like bathing the Buddha statue, and wearing wish bracelets, as well as music and dance performances, are also offered.

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People attend an offering worship at Xoai Xiem Thmay Pagoda. Tiếp tục đọc “Khmer New Year Festival wishes for lucks”

Travelling Hanoi at night

Last update 17:06 | 19/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi at night is the most beautiful time. If you find it hard to sleep, step outside and listen to the night sound and see a Hanoi with a quiet and old look.

What are the destinations for tourists at night in Hanoi?

Go wherever you like, through familiar streets to see how quiet Hanoi is at night. Afterwards visit Hoan Kiem Lake and go along streets of the Old Quarter.

Besides Hoan Kiem lake and the Old Quarter, you can visit Ba Dinh square, West lake. Opera house, Ngo Quyen Street, Long Bien bridge, Quang Ba flower market, Long Bien night market, and many other places.

Shops serving food at night in Hanoi:

– Night shops near Dong Xuan market

– Beef noodle at 27 Hang Ngang street (from 3 pm to 5 am)

– Chicken noodle at intersection of Hang Bo and Luong Van Can (5 pm- 11 pm)

– Fish noodle in Hang Dau street (24/24 service)- sticky rice (5 am- 1 am next day)

Besides these places, in night markets sell porridge, noodle soup. Tiếp tục đọc “Travelling Hanoi at night”

Online trip planning market remains untapped in Vietnam


Updated : 04/19/2017 19:01 GMT + 7

Tourists are seen in Ba Be Lake, Bac Kan Province, northern Vietnam.
Tuoi Tre

While a considerable number of Vietnamese travelers are planning their trips online, few local travel companies have tapped into this lucrative market, insiders said at a conference on Tuesday.

Websites or online services helping travelers to prepare for their trips via a mouse click is “a gold mine left unexploited” in Vietnam, experts have said at an event jointly held by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and Google.

Trinh Quang Chung, industry manager of Google Asia Pacific, said Vietnam currently has 47.7 million Internet users, most of whom search travel information, destinations and other related services as part of their daily habit. Tiếp tục đọc “Online trip planning market remains untapped in Vietnam”

30 years of post & telecommunications reform: Blocked by hurdles and pressured by the embargo

Last update 12:00 | 19/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – “It was a brilliant period in the post & telecommunication development history with enthusiastic leaders who had spirit of commitment, and who dared to reform, take responsibility and throw themselves in difficulties,” said Do Trung Ta, former Minister of Post & Telematics, now the Ministry of Information & Communications, recalling memories about the days of renovating the industry.

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Fomer Minister of Post & Telematics Do Trung Ta

Daring decision

After the war, Vietnam entered a very difficult period. The post & telecommunication sector operated with outdated equipment and technologies. The telephone density in Vietnam in 1985 was just 0.2 machines per 100 people, 7 times lower than African countries, while the telegraphic density was 10.27 telegrams per 100 people, or 18 times lower than Cuba’s. Tiếp tục đọc “30 years of post & telecommunications reform: Blocked by hurdles and pressured by the embargo”

Villagers holding police captive seek dialogue with Hanoi authorities


Updated : 04/19/2017 13:53 GMT + 7

Villagers of a commune in outer Hanoi, who have held law enforcement officers hostage since last weekend, are looking forward to a dialogue with authorities as soon as possible in order to resolve the escalating land dispute.

The dispute revolves around a large plot zoned for military purposes, which Hanoi authorities say has been illegally occupied by residents of Hoanh village in Dong Tam Commune, My Duc District, 30km from the center of Hanoi.

Thirty-eight people, including My Duc officials and police officers, have been held captive by local residents after they attempted to stop a protest in the village on Saturday. Tiếp tục đọc “Villagers holding police captive seek dialogue with Hanoi authorities”

Philippine senator calls for probe into police cash-for-kill claim

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said in a statement that the Philippine National Police (PNP) should take “drastic measures” to verify the allegations made by two senior police officers, and punish those who have “broken their vow to protect the Filipino people.” Tiếp tục đọc “Philippine senator calls for probe into police cash-for-kill claim”

Stunning beauty of Ninh Binh through flycam perspective


Spectacular views of Ninh Binh northern province where the blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island” was filmed, have impressed tourists through flycam perspective.

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The Trang An Tourism Complex in Ninh Binh has been recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is home to limestone mountains 31 lakes connecting to each other through 48 caves.

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Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights

Posted on Apr 18 2017 – 4:57pm by Sustainable Pulse

Today the five international judges for the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion, which include key conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on the need for important changes to international laws governing multinational corporations.


The judges conclude that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have impinged on the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health. Additionally, Monsanto’s conduct has a negative impact on the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research. Tiếp tục đọc “Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights”