Mac Thi Hao seems unperturbed by the news coverage of Vietnam’s corruption crackdown blaring from screens all around her. A retired accountant in Hanoi, Hao has a much more pragmatic, no-nonsense stance on what corruption means to her. “I just don’t care about a bigwig being punished,” Hao told VnExpress International. “I know there is an ongoing crackdown on corruption, but that really has nothing to do with me,” she said. “Whenever I think of corruption, I always recall the bribes I had to pay for my children’s school admissions or for better hospital services. To me, that’s the corruption that affects my life the most.” Hao’s account offers a small glimpse into what most Vietnamese people make of corruption and what it means to them. It was revealed against the backdrop of Vietnam’s sweeping corruption crackdown that has grabbed both international and local headlines. Just last Friday in Hanoi, … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, corruption can mean death. But so what?
As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away. The photographs served as early warnings of a crisis that has damaged millions of acres of farmland. New versions of the herbicide dicamba developed by Monsanto and BASF, according to farmers, have drifted across fields to crops unable to withstand it, a charge authorities are investigating. As the crisis intensifies, new details provided to Reuters by independent researchers and regulators, and previously unreported testimony by a company employee, demonstrate the unusual way Monsanto introduced its product. The approach, in which Monsanto prevented key independent testing of its product, went unchallenged by the Environmental Protection Agency and nearly every state regulator. Typically, when a company develops a new agricultural product, it commissions its own tests and shares the results and data … [Read more...] about Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis
Prior registrations with FDA required for shipments to U.S.The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - As Vietnamese exporters are still in the dark about new U.S. food safety requirements, a few of them register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before their goods are shipped to America. This is why Vietnamese products have been denied entry or confiscated at U.S. ports, according to Tuoi Tre newspaper. At a conference “Dealing with FDA’s new import requirements” in HCMC on Tuesday, Nestor Scherbey, senior advisor to the Vietnam Trade Facilitation Alliance, said Vietnamese exporters are still struggling to meet the U.S. food safety standards. In the 2014-2016 period, 896 shipments of Vietnamese agricultural products were denied entry into the U.S. while 718 Thai farm produce shipments were refused. Vietnam’s total food and farm produce exports to the U.S. in this period reached US$5.77 billion while Thailand's totaled US$6.84 billion. Notably, a 38-ton … [Read more...] about Prior registrations with FDA required for shipments to U.S.
The defense ministry said it will decide whether to fully deploy the U.S. weapon on its soil after the "general" or "ordinary" environmental survey to be held in accordance with a domestic law., source from the Yonhap. The allies will soon begin consultations on details, including the size of an area subject to the measure under the decision by an inter-agency task force on the issue, a ministry official said. "It's hard to talk about an exact timeline, as it depends on consultations with the U.S. side and other elements," he told reporters on background. "Usually, it takes 10 to 15 months to complete such a process." But the period could be shortened since a survey is currently being conducted, he added, reaffirming the government's commitment to wrapping up the process as early as possible. South Korea agreed to provide the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) with 700,000 square meters of land at a former golf course in Seongju, some 300 … [Read more...] about S. Korea to conduct additional environmental survey of THAAD
Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Andrey Krutskikh, a special presidential envoy on cyber security. "The talks are underway ... different proposals are being exchanged, nobody denies the necessity of holding the talks and of having such contacts," Krutskikh said, according to RIA. Svetlana Lukash, a Russian official who was at the recent G20 summit of global leaders in Hamburg, said earlier this month that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump had agreed to discuss cyber security questions, either via the United Nations or as part of a working group. However, U.S. and European intelligence and security officials told Reuters on Thursday they were not participating in the talks, which they said were confined to mid-level political officials. One of the officials, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity, said cooperation on cyber security was a … [Read more...] about Moscow in talks with U.S. to create cyber working group: RIA report
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off celebrations on Saturday to mark the country's 150th birthday amid heavy security as many citizens braved incessant rains and long delays to reach the main site in the nation's capital. About 500,000 people were expected to be in Ottawa for the long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which features a large outdoor celebration in front of the national Parliament, complete with acrobats, fireworks and musicians including Irish singer Bono and other members of rock band U2. Trudeau, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, shook hands with some of the thousands of revelers who converged on Canada's capital Ottawa. "Canada is a country made strong not in spite of our differences but because of them," Trudeau told the gathering. "We don't aspire to be a melting pot – indeed, we know true strength and resilience flows through Canadian diversity." Britain's Prince Charles meets with Canada's Prime … [Read more...] about On rainy 150th birthday, nation celebrates the meaning of Canada
Now a pilot project is opening a new direction for these people, who are moving ashore. Nguyen Van Loi lives in Vung Vieng, a hundred-year-old fishing village on Ha Long Bay which has become a popular tourist destination. Loi’s houseboat has 12 aquaculture cages full of profitable species of fish like perch, garrupa, and cobia. The houseboat is made of a wood-plastic composite instead of environmentally-unfriendly styrofoam floats and Loi raises his fish in a standard and sustainable way. Loi was one of the first 7 local households to switch over to environmentally-friendly aquaculture to support the new “responsible” tourism being promoted on Ha Long Bay. The pilot project began last year as part of the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance Initiative financed by the Centre for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development (MCD) and … [Read more...] about Living in harmony with the sea: means of subsistence on Ha Long Bay
On June 23 last year, Britons voted by the narrow majority of 52-48 to end the unhappy cross-Channel marriage of four decades. The referendum result toppled the government of David Cameron but now his successor, Theresa May, is also wobbling after a disastrous showing in an election two weeks ago. May had called the election in the expectation of improving her party's grip on parliament and so strengthening her hand in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union. But voters had other ideas, wiping out her Conservatives' majority and plunging the Brexit process into new doubt. In truth, doubts were apparent as soon as the referendum result came through. Britons had voted to leave the EU, but in what way exactly? Pollsters said the decision was motivated to a large degree by frustration at uncontrolled immigration from the rest of the EU among austerity-weary Britons and by a desire for greater national sovereignty. May took that to mean a "hard Brexit" -- stopping … [Read more...] about Brexit’s true meaning remains elusive a year on
On November 1, at Cisco Partner Summit, the company’s annual partner conference, Cisco unveiled Cisco AMP for Endpoints, a new approach to endpoint security that is transforming the market. Cisco AMP for Endpoints combines prevention, detection and response to simplify endpoint security, allowing customers to ditch ineffective prevention-only strategies. By leveraging the scale and power of the cloud and Cisco’s threat-centric security architecture, AMP for Endpoints allows customers to see and stop more threats, faster. A New Approach to Endpoint Security A secure foundation is essential for today’s digital business models. Yet organisations are struggling to protect mobile users, desktops, laptops and servers against advanced malware attacks. Why? Most organisations focus on a prevention-only strategy based on legacy solutions that are not effective in defending against modern malware. Some organisations then layer additional products onto the endpoint to … [Read more...] about Cisco Transforms Endpoint Security with AMP for Endpoints
U.S. Importers, Retailers Oppose Monitoring Mechanism on Vietnam Apparels A group of big U.S. importers and retailers have raised their voice to oppose the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)&rsquos continuation to apply the monitoring mechanism on Vietnamese textile and garment imports, state media reported.   The protesters, including the Shoe and Clothing Association, the National Retail Federation, the Association of Retail Industry Leaders and the Association of Apparel Importers, have jointly sent a letter to leaders of the U.S House of Representatives&rsquo Budget Allocation Committee, expressing their strong objection to the committee&rsquos proposal to the DOC to ext the monitoring mechanism on apparel imports from Vietnam and China.   U.S. retailers confirmed there was no basis for uting the supervision mechanism as well as analyzing prices just focusing on some products ed from some countries, rather than all imported products.   The … [Read more...] about U.S. Importers, Retailers Oppose Monitoring Mechanism on Vietnam Apparels