Foxconn tore up a small town to build a big factory, then retreated

TĐH: Terry Gou, Chairman of Taiwanese firm Foxconn, with lots of investments in mainland China, has just announced his running for the presidency of Taiwan, against incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen. So now, stories about Foxconn and Tery Gou begin to take the front pages.

This story is somewhat personal to me. The little village Mount Pleasant in this story is right outside the border of City of Racine, where I worked as an accountant in Racine City Hall in my previous life before going to law school to become a lawyer. Last year, in our summer road trip to the US west coast, my wife and I stopped by Racine to take a look and took some pictures and was surprised by so much infrastructure construction going on. Now I understand the reason – the investment promise (still to be fulfilled) by Foxconn.

Valerie Bauerlein, The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday April 30, 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis.—Six miles west of Lake Michigan lies a cleared building site half again as big as Central Park, ready for Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion liquid-crystal-display factory.
Contractors have bulldozed about 75 homes in Mount Pleasant and cleared hundreds of farmland acres. Crews are widening Interstate 94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line to accommodate driverless trucks and thousands of employees. Village and county taxpayers have borrowed around $350 million so far to buy land and make infrastructure improvements, from burying sewer pipes to laying storm drains.
One thing largely missing: Foxconn. Tiếp tục đọc “Foxconn tore up a small town to build a big factory, then retreated”

From Carter to Trump: How has climate policy changed?


So, how did we get here?

In the 90s, we laid out a plan of action to stop global warming. In 2006 we ran a global warming cover story titled “It’s Not Too Late.” Our 2016 issue marked the ‘point of no return,’ but held on to a message of hope; the damage could be lessened if we took some drastic action. Tiếp tục đọc “From Carter to Trump: How has climate policy changed?”

Online sale of elephant tusks continues to boom

Elephant tusks are available in many places, from souvenir shops and jewelry shops to tourist sites. But the sales there are very small compared with transactions via online markets.

MT, at No 81-83 Nguyen Van Cu street, is a well known souvenir shop in Buon Ma Thuot City. There are many stalls inside, including a jewelry and souvenir stall which display products made of elephant tusks.

Online sale of elephant tusks continues to boom

N, a salesman, showed many products, from bracelets, rings, pens, combs and a section of an elephant tail with black feathers. Each feather was priced at VND100,000.

Reporters acted as buyers seeking to buy a huge elephant tusk block to create a statue. The salesman brought a 2.2 kilogram tusk block, as big as an adult thigh, 10 centimeters long. N said this was an African elephant tusk and affirmed that the food for elephants in Africa was very good, and the quality of African tusks was better than Asian tusks. Tiếp tục đọc “Online sale of elephant tusks continues to boom”

Rescued bears find home

Update: April, 29/2019 – 18:57 VNA


Two bears play at a bear sanctuary in northern province of Ninh Bình. Established with the help of Four Paws, the centre can house up to 100 bears. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Seventeen bears – which used to be kept in captivity and illegally traded to harvest their bile – are living in a bear conservation centre in the northern province of Ninh Bình.

The centre was inaugurated by Four Paws, an international animal welfare organisation, in March 2019, in Kỳ Phú Commune, Nho Quan District.

Covering around 10 hectares, the centre is able to house up to 100 bears. Tiếp tục đọc “Rescued bears find home”

Hà Nội faces summer water shortages

Update: April, 27/2019 – 09:49 VNA



A truck carrying clean water to serve people suffering from a water shortage in Hà Nội’s Hoàng Mai District. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

HÀ NỘI — As the summer approaches, people in the capital city of Hà Nội again face a dreadful nightmare of urban life – shortage of clean water.

This year, according to the Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the heat wave will be intense and long with temperatures reaching 39-42 degrees Celsius.

The demand for clean water is predicted to increase by 10-15 per cent, or 40,000-60,000 cubic metres during the summer months. Tiếp tục đọc “Hà Nội faces summer water shortages”

Sài Gòn Power to buy electricity from households with rooftop solar panels

Update: April, 27/2019 – 09:45 VNA


Workers install solar pannels on rooftop of a residential house. The HCM City Power Corporation’s subsidiary, Sài Gòn Power Company, has signed contracts with households installing solar power panels on their rooftop in districts 1 and 3 to buy electricity from them.  — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tân

HCM CITY — The Sài Gòn Power Company on April 25 signed net-metering contracts with households in districts 1 and 3 that have rooftop solar power panels.

Contracts will be signed in other districts in future, the company, a subsidiary of the HCM City Power Corporation (EVNHCMC), has said. Tiếp tục đọc “Sài Gòn Power to buy electricity from households with rooftop solar panels”

World Bank: New research on development issues in Vietnam – Volume 11, number 4 (2019 April)


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Người dân Bảy Núi đi ‘mót’ nước trong mùa nắng nóng (3 bài)

    • Người dân Bảy Núi đi ‘mót’ nước trong mùa nắng nóng
    • Bảy Núi đang đối mặt với khô hạn và cháy rừng
    • Bảy Núi mùa… khát nước


Người dân Bảy Núi đi ‘mót’ nước trong mùa nắng nóng

NN – 29/04/2019, 16:19 (GMT+7) Tại vùng Bảy Núi thuộc hai huyện Tri Tôn và Tịnh Biên (An Giang) đang bước vào cao điểm nắng nóng, nhiệt độ có lúc lên 37-38 độ C, mỗi ngày có hàng trăm người đi “mót” từng dọt nước ở các giếng đem về phục vụ cho gia đình hay đi bán lại cho các hộ khác.
Tiếp tục đọc “Người dân Bảy Núi đi ‘mót’ nước trong mùa nắng nóng (3 bài)”

Sa Pa khát nước sinh hoạt: Bài học đắt giá

  • 27.04.2019, 07:00

TTCT – Các chủ khách sạn, homestay ở Sa Pa (Lào Cai) “ngồi trên lửa” cả tuần nay, khi mùa du lịch lễ 30-4 và 1-5 đến sát bên nhưng nhiều nơi đang rục rịch hủy hợp đồng vì khủng hoảng nước sinh hoạt! Câu chuyện thiếu nước sạch ở Sa Pa ngay cao điểm mùa du lịch xứng đáng được xem là một bài học đắt giá…

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Các học sinh ở Trường dân tộc nội trú tại Sa Pa đang chuyền nước sạch do chính quyền phân phát với số lượng hết sức khiêm tốn. Ảnh: Bá Hiếu

Đầu tuần, tổng thư ký Hiệp hội Du lịch Sa Pa Tô Bá Hiếu đăng trên trang Facebook của mình về việc giá nước sạch ở Sa Pa đã lên đến 500.000 đồng/m3 và không phải cứ có tiền là mua được. Tiếp tục đọc “Sa Pa khát nước sinh hoạt: Bài học đắt giá”

Phân biệt hai từ Giới (Gender) và Giới tính (Sex)

English: What Is The Difference Between “Gender” And “Sex”?

*Để tránh nhầm lẫn, trong bài dưới đây từ Gender được dịch là Giới và từ SexGiới tính

Khi hai từ có cùng một nghĩa, chúng ta gọi chúng là từ đồng nghĩa. Khi hai từ có nghĩa khác nhau nhưng lại được sử dụng thay thế cho nhau, thì ta cần tìm hiểu về ý nghĩa thực của những từ đó.

Lấy ví dụ về hai từ Giới – Gender và Giới tính – Sex. Trong khi nhiều người thường dùng hai từ này thay thế cho nhau, nhưng ý nghĩa và cách sử dụng của hai từ lại khác biệt đáng kể và do đó là rất khác nhau. Bởi vì chúng ta thường nói về con người khi sử dụng những thuật ngữ này, vậy nên điều cốt yếu là chúng ta hiểu được nghĩa đúng của các từ khi dùng để tôn trọng người mà ta nói đến

Từ sex có nghĩa là gì? Tiếp tục đọc “Phân biệt hai từ Giới (Gender) và Giới tính (Sex)”

World Bank forecasts Việt Nam’s 2019 growth at 6.6 per cent

Update: April, 27/2019 – 08:29 VNA

Việt Nam’s economic growth is projected to moderate to 6.6 per cent in 2019, driven by credit tightening. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s economic growth is projected to moderate to 6.6 per cent in 2019, driven by credit tightening, slower private consumption and weaker external demand, according to the World Bank (WB).

Under the Managing Headwinds report on East Asia and Pacific update released on Wednesday, WB said Việt Nam’s economy continues to show fundamental strength, supported by robust domestic demand and export-oriented manufacturing. Tiếp tục đọc “World Bank forecasts Việt Nam’s 2019 growth at 6.6 per cent”

China’s Xi defends Belt and Road, says ‘not exclusive club’

Update: April, 26/2019 – 11:45  VNA

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.  — AFP Photo

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping sought on Friday to ease growing concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, vowing to prevent debt risks and saying his global infrastructure project “is not an exclusive club”.

Xi made his remarks at a summit on his signature foreign policy, which aims to reinvent the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects. Tiếp tục đọc “China’s Xi defends Belt and Road, says ‘not exclusive club’”

Discharged waste continues to mar Han River

Han River in Danang City is being polluted by wastewater from nearby restaurants.

Discharged waste continues to mar Han River
Discharged waste continues to mar Han River

Danang Drainage and Wastewater Treatment Company announced on April 25 that untreated wastewater was still being discharged directly into Han River in Hoa Cuong Bac Ward in Hai Chau District.

Locals are upset with the pollution and have filed a report to the local authorities, however, nothing has been done. Tiếp tục đọc “Discharged waste continues to mar Han River”

Vietnam’s tourism going the wrong way: Tourists prefer green travel, not skyscrapers

More and more international-standard resorts and hotels have arisen in Vietnam, but these facilities are not what foreign travelers want. They visit Vietnam to ‘return to nature’.

Returning to Canada after a trip to Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam in 2005, David Hutt, an Australian businessman, decided to come back to the beautiful island with his family members to enjoy the white sand and blue sea, the palm trees covering part of the beach, and red-earth trails.

Vietnam's tourism going the wrong way: Tourists prefer green travel, not skyscrapers

But he was disappointed when he returned three years ago. The natural beauty no longer existed. What he saw was a large construction site with hundreds of migrant laborers working day and night for a resort project. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s tourism going the wrong way: Tourists prefer green travel, not skyscrapers”