US President Donald Trump delivers an address to the nation on funding for a border wall from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on Jan 8, 2019. (Photo: AFP / POOL / CARLOS BARRIA) "There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border," Trump said in a rare live Oval Office address to the nation, adding that every day US Customs and Border Patrol agents "encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country". Trump repeated his call for a wall on the border, calling it "absolutely critical to border security". He repeated his demand for US$5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the border with Mexico, but stopped short of calling for a much-touted state of emergency. "As part of an overall approach to border security, law enforcement professionals have requested US$5.7 billion for a physical barrier," Trump said. Trump had spent days mulling declaring a state of emergency along the border that would have given him powers to bypass … [Read more...] about US Mexico border situation a “growing crisis”: Donald Trump
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Photo: thaitribune.org The key factor driving the growth is increasing demand for Thai goods as the country’s trade with minor cities in neighboring countries has been improving. Adul Chotinisakorn, deputy director-general of the Foreign Trade Department, said the Young Entrepreneur Network Development Programme (YEN-D) is instrumental to border trade growth. The YEN-D was launched in 2015 to encourage Thai entrepreneurs to invest abroad and gain an insight into the regional markets and trade-investment regulations of Thailand’s neighbors. The program provided farmiliarisation trips and special training courses for young business leaders in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand to help them better understanding of the countries’ cultures and regulations. According to Adul, Thai border trade rose by 12.7 percent from 2016 and it has expanded between 10-14 percent annually over the past five years. Theo VNA … [Read more...] about Thailand’s border trade to grow 10-14 percent in 2018
Authorities in the northern port city of Hai Phong halted the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival on Saturday after a man was gored to death by his buffalo. Dinh Xuan Huong, 47, a Do Son District native, was thrown into the air by his buffalo. He succumbed to his injuries late Saturday afternoon. They also ordered Do Son District, the festival organisers, to have all buffaloes in the competition undergo doping tests and to review security and safety measures. On Saturday morning, soon after the festival opened in the city’s Do Son Stadium, buffalo number 18, while fighting a fellow creature, turned on its owner, gored him in the thigh, chest and neck, and then threw him into the air. The victim dinh Xuan Huong, 47, a Do Son District native, was rushed unconscious to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries late Saturday afternoon. This is the first time such an incident has happened at the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival, which is recognised as a … [Read more...] about Do Son fest stopped as buffalo kills owner
VietNamNet Bridge – The fact shows that preventing corruption among state officials through asking them to make asset declaration or rotating civil servants are insufficient. Tran Anh Tuan, former chief of the Finance and Administration Department of the Ministry of Finance, was accused of “swindling and appropriating assets” of some organizations and individuals, totaling up to VND80 billion (around $4 million). Early this year, the police issued an international wanted notice against Tran Anh Tuan, former chief of the Finance and Administration Department of the Ministry of Finance for “swindling and appropriating assets” of some organizations and individuals, totaling up to VND80 billion (around $4 million). Local newspapers used the word “former”, which may be open for misunderstanding that Tuan committed embezzlement when he did not longer work at the Ministry of Finance. Embezzlement is the right word for … [Read more...] about When will “buying” projects stop?
VietNamNet Bridge – Although reporters have shown local officials many photos as evidence of deforestation in the Than Sa-Phuong Hoang Nature Reserve, the illegal cutting down of teakwood trees continues unabated. Nguyen Quang Lich, director of the reserve, said that all the big nghien trees (Burretiodendron hsienmu) were chopped down 15 years ago and now there are only small trees, about 5-7 meters high. However, reporters said they had noticed a quite different situation. H, 24, a farmer in Tan Tri Commune, told reporters that he could not make enough money to cover his basic needs with maize and rice fields, so he sometimes worked as a hired timber carrier to earn extra money. The young man said he gets up very early in the morning to go to Mun Hamlet in Nghinh Tuong Commune, where he waits to be hired by the “big bosses”. H said he did not know where the nghien timber came from. He said it would be better not to talk much or to raise questions. He only knew that … [Read more...] about Teakwood forests ravaged as local officials do nothing to stop illegal acts