Artist takes model approach to history

Vietnamnews – August, 01/2021 – 09:37|

By Bảo Hoa

While it is always good for the younger generation to know about their country’s past, getting them hooked on history is invariably a challenge.

History classes are rarely what students look forward to, and visiting museums to see historical artefacts hardly gets their blood running either.

As an antidote to this, a self-taught artist in Thái Bình Province is sharing Việt Nam’s history in a way that appeals to everybody, including teenagers and young adults.

Going by the pseudonym Michael Angle, the Vietnamese graphic designer makes ball-jointed dolls and toy figures that resemble historical characters from different periods of history.

WONDER WOMAN: Michael Angle’s illustration of Bà Triệu, a Vietnamese warrior who led a resistance against the rule of the Chinese Eastern Wu Dynasty in 248 AD. Photo courtesy of the artist

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Afghanistan: Đằng sau cuộc tháo chạy tán loạn

SÁNG ÁNH 24/8/2021 6:00 GMT+7

TTCTCuộc chiến của Mỹ ở Afghanistan đã đi tới một kết cục xấu xí, ở một vùng đất dữ bất trị với các thế lực ngoại bang.

Đại úy Mitch Nelson leo lên ngựa, giật dây cương, hô tiến lên, và biệt đội 595 của Lực lương đặc biệt Mỹ 12 người do ông chỉ huy băng suối, râu phất phơ trước gió, súng bắn đì đoàng. 

Sau khi xâm nhập Afghanistan chỉ 23 ngày, họ đánh bại Taliban và giải phóng thành phố lớn thứ 3 đất nước Mazar-i-Sharif, nơi có nửa triệu dân. 

Người dân Afghanistan leo qua tường rào sân bay Hamid Karzai để chạy trốn Taliban. Ảnh: Getty Images

Họ mang an vui đến mọi nhà, các bé gái được đến trường và trẻ con lần đầu được nếm kẹo sôcôla. Đó là năm 2001, và Afghanistan bước vào một kỷ nguyên phát triển hoan ca kèn trống thay vì bị cấm nghe nhạc như thời Taliban. Đèn bật trong rạp.

Tiếc thay, “Thập nhị dũng sĩ” (12 Strong, đạo diễn Nicolai Fuglsig, 2018) chỉ là một bộ phim hư cấu. 

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If your coffee’s going downhill, blame climate change

by Reuters

Monday, 16 August 2021 10:00 GMT

Brazil is turning to stronger and more bitter robusta coffee beans, which are hardier in the heat than the delicate arabica, in a sign of how climate change is affecting global markets

* Robusta coffee more heat tolerant than arabica

* It can be grown at lower altitudes than rival variety

* Top roasters ramping up use of Brazilian robusta

* Yields in Brazil now match top robusta grower Vietnam

By Maytaal Angel, Marcelo Teixeira and Roberto Samora

LONDON/NEW YORK/SAO PAULO, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Coffee leader Brazil is turning to stronger and more bitter robusta beans, which are hardier in the heat than the delicate arabica, in a sign of how climate change is affecting global markets – and shaping our favourite flavours.

Brazil is the world’s biggest producer of arabica, yet its production has stayed largely flat over the last five years. Meanwhile its output of cheaper robusta – generally grown at lower altitudes and viewed as of inferior quality – has leapt and is attracting more and more international buyers, new data shows.

The expansion is challenging Vietnam’s longstanding robusta dominance, while squeezing smaller players, increasingly leaving output concentrated in fewer regions and more vulnerable to price spikes if extreme weather occurs.

It also promises to gradually alter the flavour of the world’s coffee over the coming years as more of the harsher and more caffeine-charged robusta variety, widely used to make instant coffee, makes its way into the pricier ground blends currently dominated by arabica.

Whatever your taste, Enrique Alves, a scientist specialising in coffee seed cultivation at Brazilian state agritech research centre Embrapa, said that it might ultimately be thanks to robusta that “our daily coffee will never be missing” as the globe warms.

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Actions Large Energy Buyers Can Take to Transform and Decarbonize the Grid: Procurement Practices for Achieving 100% Carbon Free Electricity


▪ Large energy buyers—including corporates, cities, and institutional customers—have played and will continue to play an important role in driving clean energy in the near term, particularly renewables. However, to ensure that the power sector achieves deep decarbonization over the next two to three decades, large energy buyers will need to take additional actions to play a leading role in accelerating the transition to a carbon-free grid.

▪ Large energy buyers can implement approaches that help transform the grid such as matching clean energy purchasing with the timing of their energy use, incorporating demand flexibility, purchasing dispatchable clean electricity, adopting enabling technologies (e.g., energy storage), maximizing emissions reductions, and driving an an equitable transition to clean energy.

▪ There is no single strategy for implementing transformative procurement practices, which is why we have
highlighted a variety of approaches in this issue brief. Optimal procurement approaches can vary based on differences in customer electricity usage, market context, available product offerings, staff and resources, and differences across grids.

▪ To enable large energy buyers to implement transformative procurement practices, new products and solutions will be needed. Metrics and recognition programs will also need to be revised to incentivize and encourage more customers to take actions that can facilitate a carbon-free grid.

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