Japan pledges nearly $1bn in new ODA for Vietnam

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Updated : 06/07/2017 18:52 GMT + 7

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are seen at the press conference following their talks in Tokyo on June 6, 2017.

Japan has committed more than 100 billion yen in official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam as the two countries’ heads of government met in Tokyo on Tuesday.

As part of his Japan visit from June 4 to 8, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, with both leaders reaching consensus on major orientations and specific measures to push forward the two countries’ extensive strategic partnership. Continue reading “Japan pledges nearly $1bn in new ODA for Vietnam”

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Bikini dance raises eyebrows at Dam Sen Water Park in Saigon

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Updated : 06/07/2017 10:50 GMT + 7

Several mothers have expressed their regret at spending last weekend at Dam Sen Water Park with their husbands and children, after visitors bore witness to an unusual, semi-erotic performance by scantily-clad female dancers.

The suggestive dance, as seen in a video recently shared on Facebook, includes four young women wearing skimpy bikinis, performing suggestive dance movements in front of a crowd of spectators, many of whom were children, on a ‘water stage’ at the Ho Chi Minh City park. Continue reading “Bikini dance raises eyebrows at Dam Sen Water Park in Saigon”

Ho Chi Minh City mulls over sidewalk rental plan after ‘clearing campaign’ ends

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Updated : 06/07/2017 16:17 GMT + 7

Residents of Ho Chi Minh City may be able to operate their businesses on local sidewalks for a fee, as part of a new proposal.

The municipal Department of Transport is gathering feedback from local experts and citizens on a proposal to rent the city’s sidewalks.

According to the agency, leasing local sidewalks for a fee will contribute to the city’s budget, which will then be used to upgrading streets and other traffic infrastructure. Continue reading “Ho Chi Minh City mulls over sidewalk rental plan after ‘clearing campaign’ ends”

Dengue fever rise in Hà Nội

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Update: June, 07/2017 – 17:30

Health officials spray chemicals to kill mosquitoes in Hà Nội’s Hoài Đức District. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuyết Mai
HÀ NỘI — Dengue fever cases is on the rise in Hà Nội, as weather has been favourable to the development of infected mosquitoes.Statistics from the Hà Nội Health Department show that 1,281 cases of dengue fever were recorded in the city by June 4, 2.6 times more than the same period last year.

Of these, 126 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals and one person has reportedly died in Đống Đa District’s Trung Liệt Ward. Continue reading “Dengue fever rise in Hà Nội”

Fulbright University Việt Nam gets $15.5m US grant

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Update: June, 07/2017 – 18:00

US ambassador to Việt Nam Ted Osius hands over USAID grant of US$7.2 million to Fulbright University Việt Nam president Đàm Bích Thủy in HCM City earlier this week. — VNS Photo

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Fulbright University Việt Nam (FUV) has received two grants worth US$15.5 million from the US Government.

A $7.2 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will support admissions and student recruitment policies and help establish financial aid and scholarship procedures for bachelor degree programmes.

The US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs will provide $8.3 million to support bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes.

FUV recently got its operating licence and is preparing for its firstmaster’s course in autumn this year, Đàm Bích Thủy, its president, said.

The first undergraduate class will begin a year later.

Thủy announced the launch of an English language summer programme.

Fulbright Everest Launchpad will select 40 high school students for an eight-week course fully funded by FUV.

For the first four weeks all participants will study in a campus in HCM City before learning at home with online personal tutors. — VNS

Indonesia to release Vietnamese boats, fishermen

Indonesia to release Vietnamese boats, fishermen

Update: June, 07/2017 – 18:00

Illustrative image. Three ships of Vietnamese coast guards would arrive at Batam Port on Friday morning to pick up 690 Vietnamese fishermen detained by Indonesia for illegally fishing in its waters. — VNA/VNS Photo Đỗ Quyên
HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese embassy in Indonesia and Indonesian agencies are finalising repatriation procedures for 690 Vietnamese fishermen captured for illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.

It is expected that three Vietnamese coast guard ships will arrive at Batam Port on Friday morning to pick up the fishermen. Continue reading “Indonesia to release Vietnamese boats, fishermen”

Government extends visa-exemption policy for five countries’ citizens

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Update: June, 07/2017 – 15:00

About 5.3 million international tourists have come to Việt Nam in the first five months this year, an increase of 30.8 per cent over last year’s figure.The Government has agreed to extend the visa exemption policy for citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. — Photo gtgt.vn

HÀ NỘI — The Government has agreed to extend the visa exemption policy for citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, said Mai Tiến Dũng, Minister-Chairman of the Government Office.

The policy, which ends on June 30 this year, will be extended until June 30, next year.

Accordingly, citizens from the above-mentioned countries will not have to apply for visa if their stay in Việt Nam does not exceed 15 days. Continue reading “Government extends visa-exemption policy for five countries’ citizens”

Valuation of climate change impacts for better responses

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Update: June, 07/2017 – 10:42

Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and mitigation work, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoàng Văn Thắng said yesterday.— Photo donre.hochiminhcity.gov.vn

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and mitigation work, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoàng Văn Thắng said yesterday. Continue reading “Valuation of climate change impacts for better responses”

Myanmar military plane carrying more than 100 people missing

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This file photo taken on Aug 5, 2015 shows a Myanmar Air Force Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft being unloaded at Sittwe airport in Rakhine state, similar to the aircraft carrying over 100 people that went missing between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon on Jun 7, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

YANGON: Pieces of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard were found in the Andaman Sea late on Wednesday (Jun 7), a local official said.

Navy ships and aircraft had been searching since the afternoon when the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers.

More than a dozen children were believed to be among the passengers on the plane travelling from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon. Continue reading “Myanmar military plane carrying more than 100 people missing”

How can humans and elephants better coexist?

The human-elephant conflict plays a huge role in the rapid decline elephant numbers. A panel of experts share ideas on how to mitigate this problem

A Mahout and elephant in Thailand’s Surin province.
A Mahout and elephant in Thailand’s Surin province. Photograph: Aroon Phukeed/Getty Images

Conservation must be higher up on the political agenda

We need conservation (not just fighting the illegal wildlife trade which has captured the limelight more recently) to be far higher up the political agenda. For example, we in the UK could be much more effectively linking overseas aid (budget of £12bn this year) to poverty relief, sustainable development and environmental protection, ecosystem services and conservation priorities. Will Travers, president, Born Free Foundation Continue reading “How can humans and elephants better coexist?”

Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?

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The Sunni Gulf powers have long been spoiling for a fight with Iran. This could be just the excuse they need.

Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?

Sarajevo 1914, Doha 2017? We could be at a historic moment akin to the assassination of the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which resulted in what became known as the Great War. This time, though, the possible clash is between a Saudi-United Arab Emirates force and Iran. Washington is going to have to act quickly to stop the march to war, rather than wait for the carnage to begin. Continue reading “Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?”

Consequences of attacks in Tehran will be felt around the world

Assaults on potent symbols of Iranian ideology, claimed by Isis, will stoke tensions with Saudi Arabia, Gulf states and Trump

Firefight erupts at the Iranian parliament in Tehran

In targeting the Iranian parliament and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the terrorists who went on a lethal rampage in Tehran on Wednesday chose the two most potent symbols of the 1979 revolution.

For ordinary Tehranis, comparatively safe in recent years from such outrages, the attacks are deeply shocking. Continue reading “Consequences of attacks in Tehran will be felt around the world”

Renewables 2017 Global Status Report 

Renewables 2017 Global Status Report 
Launched today  – 7 June

Another Record Breaking Year for Renewable Energy:  More renewable energy capacity for less money

Additions in installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, with 161 gigawatts (GW) installed, increasing total global capacity by almost 9% over 2015, to nearly 2,017 GW. Solar PV accounted for around 47% of the capacity added, followed by wind power at 34% and hydropower at 15.5%.

Renewables are becoming the least cost option. Recent deals in Denmark, Egypt, India, Mexico, Peru and the United Arab Emirates saw renewable electricity being delivered at USD 0.05 per kilowatt-hour or less. This is well below equivalent costs for fossil fuel and nuclear generating capacity in each of these countries. Winners of two recent auctions for offshore wind in Germany have done so relying only on the wholesale price of power without the need for government support, demonstrating that renewables can be the least cost option.
Continue reading “Renewables 2017 Global Status Report “

Chỉ đúng nguyên nhân ĐBSCL sạt lở và các khuyến nghị

BĐV – Bài viết của GS.TSKH Nguyễn Ngọc Trân – Nguyên Chủ nhiệm Chương trình cấp Nhà nước Điều tra cơ bản tổng hợp ĐBSCL về tình hình sạt lở ở khu vực này.

Tình hình sạt lở bờ sông, bờ biển ở ĐBSCL ngày càng nhiều và nghiêm trọng.

Các nguyên nhân cơ bản thường được nói đến thời gian gần đây là do thiếu hụt trầm tích bị các đập thủy điện trên dòng chính sông Lancang – Mekong giữ lại, và do lạm khai thác cát sông.

Hiểu sâu để có giải pháp tốt. Nhằm mục đích này, xin đóng góp một số ý kiến vào nhận thức khách quan vấn đề sạt lở và từ đó một số việc cần làm theo thiện ý của tác giả.

Continue reading “Chỉ đúng nguyên nhân ĐBSCL sạt lở và các khuyến nghị”