Global demand for coal falls in 2016 for second year in a row

UK leads trend away from coal, with use down 52.5%, while China continues to consume less of the dirtiest fossil fuel

Workers shovel coal at a storage depot in Hefei, China
Workers shovel coal at a storage depot in Hefei, China, where consumption fell for the third year in a row in 2016. Photograph: Jianan Yu/Reuters

Global demand for coal has fallen for the second consecutive year, according to a BP study, helped by the US and China burning less of the dirtiest fossil fuel.

The UK was described as the “most extreme example” of the trend away from coal, which has resulted in use of the fuel returning to levels not seen since the start of the industrial revolution.

The 1.7% fall in worldwide consumption in 2016 marks a striking reversal of fortune for coal, which was the largest source of energy demand growth until four years ago, BP said.

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Presenting the 66th edition of BP’s annual statistical review of energy, the oil company’s chief economist, Spencer Dale, said: “It feels to me like we’re seeing a decisive break with coal, relative to the past. I think the big story here is coal getting squeezed.”

In the US, coal has been crowded out in power generation by cheaper, cleaner gas from the fracking boom and even US coal executives believe Donald Trump’s promise to bring back jobs in the industry cannot succeed. Tiếp tục đọc “Global demand for coal falls in 2016 for second year in a row”

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Child refugees held in ‘harrowing’ conditions across south-east Asia

Report reveals young people detained in cells 24 hours a day without enough food or proper access to healthcare, often forced to sleep on the floor

A young Rohingya refugee from Myanmar is held at a detention centre in Medan, Indonesia.
A young Rohingya refugee from Myanmar is held at a detention centre in Medan, Indonesia. Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of children are languishing in “dangerous and harrowing” conditions in detention centres across south-east Asia, a report has revealed. Children, including babies, are being held in cells 24 hours a day, alongside dozens of unrelated adults, and are frequently separated from family members. Tiếp tục đọc “Child refugees held in ‘harrowing’ conditions across south-east Asia”

Japan passes ‘brutal’ counter-terror law despite fears over civil liberties

Critics including UN expert fear legislation passed by Abe government could target ordinary citizens and deter grassroots opposition to government policies

Protesters shout slogans as they protest against an anti-conspiracy bill outside parliament building in Tokyo.
Protesters shout slogans as they protest against an anti-conspiracy bill outside parliament building in Tokyo. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties.

The ruling Liberal Democratic party and its junior coalition pushed the bill through the upper house of Japan’s parliament as thousands of people protested outside. Tiếp tục đọc “Japan passes ‘brutal’ counter-terror law despite fears over civil liberties”

Ex-North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier treated for ‘severe neurological injury’

  • College student in Cincinnati hospital after returning from Pyongyang in coma
  • Warmbier’s father says son was ‘terrorized and brutalized’ during detention
Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor for ‘committing hostile acts’ against North Korea.
Otto Warmbier, pictured here in 2016, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor for ‘committing hostile acts’ against North Korea. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma suffered a “severe neurological injury”, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Otto Warmbier is in stable condition at the University of Cincinnati medical center with his mother by his side, a hospital spokeswoman, Kelly Martin, said on Thursday. Doctors planned an update later Thursday. Tiếp tục đọc “Ex-North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier treated for ‘severe neurological injury’”

Islamic State say they have captured Afghanistan’s Tora Bora caves

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Tora Bora was the site of a major US offensive in 2001, when Al-Qaeda chief bin Laden was hiding there before he crossed into neighbouring Pakistan. (Photo: AFP/ROMEO Gacad)

JALALABAD, Afghanistan: Islamic State militants, under pressure from Afghan and U.S. forces, have seized a new stronghold in Tora Bora, a mountainous area dotted with caves along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, officials said on Thursday.

The remote region in Nangarhar province was most famously used by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in late 2001, in a bid to hold out against the U.S. troops and Afghan allies who toppled the Taliban regime. Tiếp tục đọc “Islamic State say they have captured Afghanistan’s Tora Bora caves”

Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China

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Taiwan says China’s luring of Panama is an ‘open threat’ and ‘provocation to peace and stability’.

China and Panama's foreign ministers signed a joint communique establishing ties in Beijing [AFP]
China and Panama’s foreign ministers signed a joint communique establishing ties in Beijing [AFP]

Panama has established diplomatic ties with China while breaking off with Taiwan, dealing a victory to Beijing which claims the self-governing island as its own territory.

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change in a televised address on Tuesday, saying it represents “the correct path for our country”. Tiếp tục đọc “Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China”

Hãy tưởng tượng phụ nữ rượu chè thái quá mà bỏ bê gia đình

 

Ở Việt Nam, không khó để bắt gặp cánh đàn ông say sưa cùng bạn bè và đồng nghiệp ở các quán bia sau giờ làm việc. Đối với một số người, đàn ông uống bia rượu và hút thuốc quá đà được xem là “nam tính” và “ngầu” trong khi những người đàn ông dành nhiều thời gian hơn cho gia đình lại bị coi là “yếu đuối” hay “không đáng mặt nam nhi”. Hãy xem đoạn phim này bằng góc nhìn “ngược” để thấy sự bất thường khi chúng ta đảo vai trò của nam giới và nữ giới cho nhau. Hãy thể hiện sự ủng hộ của bạn cho một định nghĩa mới về sự nam tính gắn liền với sự chu đáo và tốt bụng bằng cách ký vào mẫu cam kết tại http://tinyurl.com/howabnormalapp

Imagine women drinking excessively and neglecting their families
In Viet Nam, it is a common image to see men at the bia hoi after work sharing a drink with their friends and colleagues. In some cases, men who are heavy drinkers and smokers are seen by some as “masculine” and “cool” while men who spend time with their families are seen as “weak” and “unmanly”. Watch this gender flipped video to see #HowAbnormal it looks when we reverse typical male and female roles. Show your commitment to a new type of masculinity based on values of consideration and kindness – sign the pledge today – http://tinyurl.com/howabnormalapp

Ngành học Giới và Phát triển – Cơ hội việc làm hiện tại và tương lai

Học viện Phụ nữ Việt Nam là cơ sở giáo dục công lập đầu tiên được phép đào tạo cử nhân chính quy ngành Giới và Phát triển theo Quyết định số 2181/QĐ-BGDĐT ngày 25/6/2015 (mã ngành 52310399) nhằm đào tạo đội ngũ nhân lực về giới và các lĩnh vực phát triển cộng đồng, phát triển xã hội, hoạch định và thực thi, thúc đẩy các chính sách, chương trình, dự án phát triển. Ngành Giới và Phát triển có đội ngũ giảng viên tâm huyết và sáng tạo, chương trình đào tạo mang tính toàn diện, môi trường học tập năng động mở ra nhiều cơ hội việc làm cho các cử nhân chuyên ngành.

Năm học 2017 – 2018, Học viện Phụ nữ Việt Nam tuyển 80 sinh viên cử nhân hệ chính quy ngành Giới và Phát triển, trong tổng số 700 chỉ tiêu các ngành (Giới và Phát triển, Luật, Công tác Xã hội và Quản trị Kinh doanh, Quản trị Du lịch và lữ hành, Truyền thông đa phương tiện). Tiếp tục đọc “Ngành học Giới và Phát triển – Cơ hội việc làm hiện tại và tương lai”

‘Made in China 2025’ strategy puts pressure on Vietnam

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 VietNamNet Bridge – China’s 10-year development strategy could be a good policy for its industry, but it has raised concerns in other countries, including Vietnam.

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In May 2015, the Chinese administration announced ‘Made in China 2025’, which aims to push up the development of the country’s industries in the next 10 years. Tiếp tục đọc “‘Made in China 2025’ strategy puts pressure on Vietnam”

Three days to discover Kien Giang beaches and islands

Last update 20:00 | 14/06/2017

The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang attracts large numbers of visitors in summer, thanks to a series of beautiful islands, particularly the most famous one, the Phu Quoc.

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Most islands are very pristine, clean and thinly populated. They are ideal places for adventurous visitors. Tiếp tục đọc “Three days to discover Kien Giang beaches and islands”

Two must-see places in Hanoi suburbs

VietNamNet Bridge – If you are in Hanoi, you should not miss these two places, which are not far from Hanoi’s center.

Bao Son Paradise

Located on Lang-Hoa Lac expressway, Bao Son is an entertainment area with separate areas characterizing Hanoi features, a roomy space, ancient and modern combination, scenes recalling activities of Hanoi streets, etc.

On weekends and holidays, the ticket costs VND135,000/adult and VND120,000/child (normally, it is VND20,000 cheaper). The price includes following activities: park visiting, aquarium, animal garden, dolphin circus, etc.

Aquarium visiting service: the aquarium has four storeys with turtles, various kinds of fish, animal garden with reptiles: snakes, pythons, etc. and lions, leopards.

Moreover, tourists can see water puppet at 4 pm (plus VND20,000) and at 7 pm water music free. A garden of spirit, orchid, bird, butterflies, etc. entrance for free.

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Conservationist concerned for tourism project’s impact on northern Vietnamese archipelago

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Updated : 05/23/2017 19:08 GMT + 7

Accepting a request made last week by Tuoi Tre News, Neahga Leonard, project director of the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project in Hai Phong has shared his thoughts on how local wildlife habitat could be impacted by the Cat Ba ecotourism resort and entertainment complex in the namesake archipelago.

Aside from its transportation system, the project will also include three golf courses, an amusement park, and several components to leverage the tourism potential of local areas such as Qua Vang Cave, Lan Ha Bay, Viet Hai Village, and Cat Ong Island.

In that context, local conservationists are concerned that the Cat Ba langur species, the most endangered species in Vietnam, will face multiple threats. Tiếp tục đọc “Conservationist concerned for tourism project’s impact on northern Vietnamese archipelago”

Four VN universities get accreditation from France

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The Hà Nội University of Science and Technology is one of the four universities accredited by the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education.—Photo dantri.com.vn

HÀ NỘI — Four universities in Việt Nam have been evaluated and accredited for meeting international standards by the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) in France.

The four universities are Hà Nội University of Science and Technology, Hồ Chí Minh City University of Technology, Đà Nẵng University of Technology, and the National University of Civil Engineering, all of which offer the Excellent Engineer Training Programme (PFIEV) supported by the French government.

This is the first time that an international organisation has evaluated higher education institutions in the country. The accreditation is valid for five years, from 2017 to 2022.

Till date, 18 courses have been introduced under the PFIEV programme, and 16 of them have been evaluated and accredited by the French Engineering Qualifications Commission (CTI).

In March, 2016, the CTI sent a delegation of experts to Việt Nam for the third time to evaluate the quality of PFIEV’s engineering degree holders.

In April 2016, the Ministry of Education and Training sent a letter to the HCERES, requesting the evaluation and accreditation of the four above-mentioned institutions. All four universities then started preparing self-assessment reports to meet the HCERES standards.

After a preliminary survey by the HCERES expert group last October, it was decided that all four institutions are eligible to conduct the accreditation.

In January, the four universities completed and submitted their self-assessment reports as required by the HCERES. By the end of February, HCERES set up two expert delegations, each consisting of seven members, all senior experts in higher education management and training, to assess the reports.

The process of accreditation involved several steps aimed at examining and evaluating practical activities, including quality assurance of facilities, teaching staff, training, research activities, management innovation, method innovation, students’ opinion polls, staff, managers, and also the direction of development of the institution in the future.

Based on the analysis of the self-assessment reports and a three-day direct assessment, the HCERES expert team decided to accredit these four universities as having meet international university accreditation standards. — VNS