Internet giant Google has rolled out an online map tracking the path of Hurricane Irene and providing other useful information about the storm headed for the US east coast. The map displays three- to five-day forecasts for Hurricane Irene, shows evacuation routes and which coastal areas of the eastern United States are in danger of facing a storm surge. Besides maps, online tools developed by Google include the "Person Finder," which attempts to locate and reunite victims of earthquakes or other disasters. Millions of Americans are bracing for Irene, a Category Two hurricane packing 105-mile (165-kilometer) winds, which is expected to slam into North Carolina on Saturday before heading north toward New York. Hurricanes are rare on the US eastern seaboard, home to more than 65 million people living in a string of densely populated cities from Washington to New York to Boston. Source AFP … [Read more...] about Google plots Hurricane Irene with online map
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Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), a 620km high-impact project under the 11th Malaysia Plan, will be funded by China, Treasury Secretary General of Malaysia Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said on October 30. Engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) contract and a financial framework will be signed during a visit to China of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak from October 30 – November 6, he added. The EPC contract will be awarded to the China Communication Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) while the financial agreement will be with Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM). Once completed, the project will make East Coast products more competitive due to cheaper transport costs and raise the income of industries and businesses located along the rail link route. He said the China was picked as the project investor due to favourable terms it offered. Construction on the project is expected to start in early 2017.-VNA … [Read more...] about Malaysia to build east coast railway link with China fund
VietNamNet Bridge – Current tensions over the East Sea began in 2009 after the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf set a deadline for submitting claims for extended continental shelves beyond UNCLOS’s 200 nautical miles. The East Sea disputes The 1982 UN Convention on Law of the Sea recognizes the common heritage of the world’s oceans with a set of laws organizing exclusive zones for nations 200 nautical miles from their respective coasts. Waters beyond are open for use by all in ways that contribute to peace and friendly relations. By declaring sovereignty over the South China Sea (East Sea), China rejects the convention, argues Carlyle A. Thayer, with the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Current tensions over the East Sea began in 2009 after the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf set a deadline for submitting claims for extended continental shelves beyond UNCLOS’s 200 … [Read more...] about East Sea: A commons for China only
VietNamNet Bridge - In theory, the positions controlled illegally by China in Truong Sa (Spratly Islands) in particular and the entire East Sea in general will help strengthen its ability to control the sea lanes and rapidly deploy armed forces. Control of strategic points Photo: Beijing’s construction works on the Gaven Reef of the Spratly Islands in late March last year (left) was connected with a new artificial island via a road (right). Photo: IHS Jane's/VNE. China began massively upgrading and expanding reefs in Truong Sa in 2014. This process can be interpreted in a variety of angles. One of them is to create a springboard in the overall strategy of the Chinese navy, with the basic goal of "preventing intrusion and access" (A2/AD). A2/AD, expressed in a simple way, is pushing the military presence of the United States in the Asia-Pacific from China as far as possible, in which the East Sea has the key position. With this strategy, China is trying to ensure its … [Read more...] about East Sea: What conspiracy is behind China’s artificial island?
VietNamNet Bridge - From more than five centuries ago, Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands were acknowledged by Western cartographers and navigators as the territories of Vietnam. Ancient world maps recognized Hoang Sa and Truong Sa as belonging to Vietnam This map by Jodocus Hondius in 1613 shows the Paracel Islands, and includes all of the islands of Vietnam from the southern Gulf of Tonkin to the southern coast of Vietnam, except Pulo Condor (Con Dao) and Pulo Cici (Phu Quoc), which are drawn separately. While the ancient maps of China published by China itself and other countries before the twentieth century show that Hainan Island is the southernmost border of China, many ancient maps of Vietnam, published by the world and Vietnam itself drew the Paracel and the Spratly Islands as Vietnamese territories. In this article, we refer to the world maps or the maps of Southeast Asia drawn by Western navigators, geographic explorers and merchants from the … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s case for sovereignty in the East Sea? An abundance of history