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. Continue reading “Foxconn tore up a small town to build a big factory, then retreated”

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From Carter to Trump: How has climate policy changed?

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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. Continue reading “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. Continue reading “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 tinmoitruong.vn

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. Continue reading “Rescued bears find home”

Hà Nội faces summer water shortages

Update: April, 27/2019 – 09:49 VNA

 

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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. Continue reading “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. Continue reading “Sài Gòn Power to buy electricity from households with rooftop solar panels”