Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher's block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic. Somali's sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation's controversial dog meat trade. Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages. Somali -- who juggles a day job testing COVID-19 samples at a local hospital -- started the shelter in an upscale Jakarta neighbourhood more than a decade ago. Back then, she rescued one or two dogs from a butcher each week. But that number has soared to as many as 20 in recent months as strays are snatched off the streets for their meat. The 55-year-old mother of two negotiates with often … [Read more...] about Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril
New beginnings animal rescue
The contest was launched on June 19 by the Animals Asia Foundation in collaboration with the Hanoi Forest Protection Department and Phung Thuong Elementary School. It called on local students to join hands to protect bears, end bear bile use and promote herbal plant alternatives to bear bile. The contest attracted enthusiastic participation from the students, who were grouped into 87 teams, and together they answered the question: “As a member of a communication team, what will you do to project bears?”. The students showed their creativity in answering the questions through various forms, including paintings, writing letters, and collecting medicinal herbs that could replace bear bile before making presentations in front of the judges. As a result, 11 first, 23 second and 53 third place prizes were presented at the ceremony. Since 2016, the Animals Asia Foundation has been launching communication events in Phuc Tho District to raise local awareness of bear protection … [Read more...] about Winners of children’s contest on bear protection honoured
Since the first days of the pandemic combat, the Government leader has ordered flights to repatriate Vietnamese citizens in that country, and asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoLISA), ambassadors and Vietnamese representative offices abroad to do their utmost in citizen protection. … [Read more...] about PM orders repatriating Vietnamese labourers in Equatorial Guinea immediately
After the death of his father, Raymond received a military education from the French army in Đà Lạt where he learned how to effectively and quickly overcome natural obstacles by developing a technique called 'le parcours', a way of quickly moving from one point to another. … [Read more...] about Parkour: a global sport deeply rooted in Việt Nam
During those two decades, many other Americans were working to end these attacks on Viet Nam and to begin - for the very first time - diplomatic relations between our two nations. In his 1993 essay U.S.-Vietnam Relations: The Past, the Present, and the Future, Professor David W. P. Elliott wrote: “Human rights and democratization may be the next incarnation of the POW/MIA issue, a symptom of an underlying refusal on the part of many Americans to accept the historical verdict of the Vietnam War.” Well, the POW/MIA flags still fly (by state law) in all fifty states and on federal buildings nationwide (by federal law, recently sponsored by a unanimous vote of the US Senate). Professor Elliott’s prediction has also come true. Ever since the beginning of diplomatic relations in 1995, the US has continued to demand and insist that Viet Nam conform to American definitions of human right and democracy. As many tens of millions of Americans … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for relations between Vietnam and US?