Vietnam fisheries int’l exhibition opens in HCM City Visitors to the Vietnam Fisheries International Exhibition (Vietfish) 2018 The Vietnam Fisheries International Exhibition (Vietfish) 2018 kicked off at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City on August 22. The event attracts 233 exhibitors from 14 countries and territories, including 153 of Vietnam, showcasing aquatic products in 374 booths. The numbers of both exhibitors and booths increase by 6.8 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively, from last year. Vietfish 2018, lasting through August 24, also features many workshops discussing the market situation, production trends and other hot topics in the fisheries sector at present. Ngo Van Ich, Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, said over the last 20 years, Vietfish has established itself as a leading and influential fisheries exhibition in Asia as seen in the surge of exhibitors, booths and visitors. He noted … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 23/8
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Emerging Asia, which covers India, China, and Southeast Asia, will be revelling in an economic growth rate of 6.3 percent annually from 2018 to 2022, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But there’s a hitch: Asia is also waist-deep in alarming projections of deaths, damages to livelihoods and properties, and worsening inequality because of disasters and climate change. Asia’s robust economic growth is not underwritten. The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s largest scientific body formed to study climate change, found that “People living in low-lying coastal zones and floodplains are probably most at risk from climate change impacts in Asia. Half of Asia’s urban population lives in these areas. Compounding the risk for coastal communities, Asia has more than 90 percent of the global population exposed to tropical cyclones.” Poverty and inequality in … [Read more...] about Asia: Rising economic star or poster child for disaster?
Viet Nam News CARACAS — President Nicolas Maduro was declared winner of Venezuela’s election Sunday in a poll rejected as invalid by his rivals, who immediately called for fresh elections to be held later this year. Reeling under a devastating economic crisis, only 46 per cent of voters turned out to cast ballots in an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by much of the international community, but one that hands Maduro a second term until 2025. "We do not recognise this electoral process as valid, as true," his main rival Henri Falcon told a news conference, even before the result was announced. "For us, there were no elections. We have to have new elections in Venezuela." Maduro hailed his victory for another six-year term in a speech to thousands of cheering supporters outside the official Miraflores Palace in Caracas. "Never before has a presidential candidate taken 68 per cent of the popular vote," he said, to applause. "We won again! We triumphed … [Read more...] about Maduro wins as rivals call for new Venezuela elections
“Call me Ryn, I like that name!” a transgender woman told me with a hoarse voice and a shy smile, preferring the female name than her given one. Ryn works at a bar in Soi Nana, one of many glittering alleys along Sukhumvit which often sit on top of the must-visit places in Bangkok. At these red light districts, sex workers, male or female, provide all kinds of services, from a fun date to arousing massages. The alleys stand right next to a shopping center crowded with Muslims. A man having fun all night at Soi Cowboy can take a short walk to the mall and buy beautiful hijabs for his wife or lover back home. It’s hard to work out if prostitution is legal in Thailand. The country has at least three laws defining the acts of selling one’s body and enticing sexual desires for money as illegal. In 2003, the Ministry of Justice planned to legalize prostitution to collect taxes and try to control STDs, but eventually it could not rule over traditional ethical values. … [Read more...] about Lessons to be learned in Vietnam from Thailand’s sex industry
The fund was established in 2011, aiming to encourage people to look toward Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, while enhancing awareness among all sectors, localities and Vietnamese people at home and abroad of the importance of Vietnam’s seas and islands. It has also helped bring Resolution on “Vietnam's Sea Strategy by 2020” into reality, mobilizing social resources to protect the national sovereignty over sea, islands and continental shelf. On March 12, Hanoi National Assembly deputies and the office of the Hanoi People’s Council held a fundraiser, calling on workers at the two agencies to donate a minimum of a day’s wage each to the “For beloved Truong Sa” fund to support soldiers and residents on Truong Sa island district and DK1 Platforms via the city’s working delegation trip in April. The same day, the Hanoi chapter of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union raised VND 70 million (more than USD 3,000) for the fund. In recent … [Read more...] about “For beloved Truong Sa” fund renamed as “Fund for Vietnam seas, islands”