Nguyễn Văn Thanh, deputy head of the Government Inspectorate (GI), speaks at press conference held on Wednesday to clarify conclusion by inspectorate on the use and management of the Miếu Môn airfield’s land area within the administrative boundary of Đồng Tâm Commune, Mỹ Đức District. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI Nguyễn Văn Thanh, deputy head of the Government Inspectorate (GI) has said the land that sparked a hostage incident two years ago was military land. He said based on judicial evidence and recorded development of nearly 40 years, the land in Đồng Tâm Commune was part of a total area of 236.7ha of land which has been used for defence purposes. He was speaking at a press conference yesterday on the conclusions of the inspectorate on the use and management of the Miếu Môn airfield’s land area within Đồng Tâm, Mỹ … [Read more...] about Land at centre of 2017 hostage crisis belonged to military: GI
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UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis', photo source: twitter UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply concerned" by the fires in the Amazon. "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity," he said on Twitter. "The Amazon must be protected." France's President Emmanuel Macron said the wildfires were "an international crisis" and called on the globe's most industrialised nations to address it at their summit this weekend. Official figures show nearly 73,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year - the highest number for any year since 2013. Most were in the Amazon. The extent of the area damaged by fires has yet to be determined, but smoke has choked Sao Paulo and several other Brazilian cities in the past week. "Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 per cent of our oxygen is burning," Macron said on Twitter. … [Read more...] about UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires “crisis”
Airbus is on track to overtake Boeing in commercial plane deliveries for 2019 after outpacing its US rival at mid-year following the 737 MAX grounding, according to data released Tuesday. Boeing falls behind Airbus in deliveries as 737 MAX crisis bites, Jim WATSON / AFP Boeing, which has halted deliveries of the top-selling plane since mid-March, reported 239 commercial plane deliveries in 2019 through the year's midpoint, down 37 percent from the year-ago period. Airbus reported 389 deliveries for the same period, up 28 percent from the same period in 2018, according to data on its website. If the numbers hold throughout the year, Airbus could replace Boeing as the world's largest aircraft maker. Boeing's big decline in deliveries confirms the extent to which the 737 MAX crisis has dented its standing following two recent crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing in June again reported no new orders for the 737 MAX. Plane deliveries are tied to company revenues and closely … [Read more...] about Boeing falls behind Airbus in deliveries as 737 MAX crisis bites
Malaysia has the slowest marathon runners worldwide, according to a study. — Photo thestar.com.my Marathon PETALING JAYA — Malaysia has the slowest marathon runners worldwide, according to a study. The State of Running 2019 study carried out by athletic shoe review site Run Repeat and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), analysed some 107.9 million race results from over 70,000 events. The results include participants from 209 countries participating in running events between 1986 and 2018. In the study, Malaysia was placed 'the slowest in half marathons (HM, 21km) and (full) marathons (FM, 42.195km). The graphs showed in the study, showed Malaysia clocking in at an average of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 20 seconds for HM, and 5 hours, 46 minutes and 24 seconds for FM. The top performer for HM is Russia with an average timing of 1 hour, 45 minutes, and 11 seconds, followed by Belgium (01:48:01) and Luxembourg (01:50:20), while Spain is the top … [Read more...] about Study: Malaysia is the slowest marathon nation
Merkel has said her government will fulfil its mandate. (Photo: AFP/Odd Andersen) The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) sank into chaos after its leader Andrea Nahles said in a shock announcement Sunday that she was quitting her party's top jobs following an European election drubbing a week earlier. As the SPD scrambled for a new leader, the chief of Merkel's CDU party conceded that the centre-left coalition partner could end up deciding whether Germany goes to the polls before the end of the electoral term in 2021. "We are ready to keep this coalition going. How the SPD behaves is its decision," Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told journalists following crisis talks within her centre-right party. She warned however that given the international challenges, it would be "anything but productive if Germany were to go into a government crisis or a lengthy election campaign". Denying that the issue of snap elections was broached in Monday's talks, she added however that "you can be … [Read more...] about Merkel denies coalition instability despite SPD crisis
Qatar's Almoez Ali scored four goals against North Korea, with hardly anyone watching from the stands due to the Gulf blockade. (Photo: AFP/Giuseppe CACACE) With Saudi Arabia the chief protagonist in a Gulf crisis that has left Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, cut off from its neighbours since mid-2017, the group game at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium resonates far beyond the pitch. Even in sporting terms it is one to watch, with both teams scoring a hatful of unanswered goals in their opening two games, suggesting they are among the favourites to lift the trophy at the same venue on Feb 1. Qatar have entered the lion's den at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, an unflinching Saudi ally and one of the countries which have slashed diplomatic ties and transport links, protesting that Doha supports terrorism - a claim the Qataris deny. It means that Qatar are playing without any of their fans at the Asian Cup. Just 452 people watched their 6-0 win over North Korea, the … [Read more...] about Mind the gulf as crisis hit Qatar, Saudis clash at Asian Cup
Viet Nam News ITALY — Inter Milan’s new CEO Giuseppe Marotta has begun to ring the changes at crisis-hit Inter Milan with the axe falling on Belgian bad boy Radja Nainggolan who has been suspended for disciplinary reasons by the club despite Wednesday’s key Serie A game against Napoli looming. Marotta arrived at the Chinese-owned Italian club from Juventus this month after an eight-year spell during which the Turin giants won seven Serie A titles and four Italian Cups. And the 61-year-old Marotta wants to turn the clock back for Inter whose best decade, culminating with the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup crowns under Jose Mourinho in 2010, has been followed by the worst. Nainggolan was suspended after again turning up late to training on Sunday following the team’s demoralising 1-1 draw against bottom club Chievo. The heavily-tattooed 30-year-old was also dropped by previous club Roma in January after posting an Instagram video of … [Read more...] about Marotta rings the changes as crisis-hit Inter tackle Napoli
VietNamNet Bridge - Turkey, Argentina and other countries have recently witnessed their local currencies depreciating dramatically against dollars. How about Vietnam? Will the crisis spread to Vietnam? Analysts have reasons to worry that the monetary crisis may spread to emerging and frontier economies, including Vietnam. These particular economies are now suffering from foreign capital outflow and bear influences from the China-US trade war. In contrast, the macroeconomic situation in Vietnam is believed to be stable. These particular economies are now suffering from foreign capital outflow and bear influences from the China-US trade war. In contrast, the macroeconomic situation in Vietnam is believed to be stable. RELATED NEWS Can Vietnam escape the '10-year crisis cycle’? Ten-year cycle of recessions does not always occur: economists Kim Chi … [Read more...] about Can Vietnam resist the global monetary crisis?
Viet Nam News By Mai Hiên HÀ NỘI — For years, social housing has been a hot issue in Việt Nam. Living in decent, affordable housing in a reasonable location is one of the most important goals for all Vietnamese people. It is undeniable social housing can help provide for basic housing needs, especially for those with low incomes. But experts say it can have adverse effects on society if it is not planned and executed properly. Hoàng Thị Loan, a resident of Viglacera Corporation’s Đặng Xá social housing project, said she is satisfied with her apartment. “Thanks to a preferential loan from the government’s housing stimulus package, I can own an apartment for just VNĐ350 million ($15,000),” she told Việt Nam News. She added that buying a house was out of reach on her monthly salary of VNĐ5 million. Loan also said social housing was a practical option for young couples and those with low … [Read more...] about Exploring solutions to the affordable housing crisis
VietNamNet Bridge - ‘High expectations’ and ‘excessive optimism’ were the phrases used by Huynh The Du, training director of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Programm (FETP), in describing the 10-year crisis cycle. Vietnam witnessed four economic crises in the last 40 years According to Du, Vietnam witnessed four economic crises in the last 40 years every 10 years, in 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009. The reforms in agriculture, reasonable policies in foreign trade, and FDI attraction then created a driving force for growth. 1995 was considered the best year of the period. The reforms in agriculture, reasonable policies in foreign trade, and FDI attraction then created a driving force for growth. 1995 was considered the best year of the period. Vietnam re-joined ASEAN and normalized diplomatic relations with the US. GDP grew by 9.5 percent. However, problems still existed, which were seeds for a new problematic period. RELATED NEWS … [Read more...] about Can Vietnam escape the ’10-year crisis cycle’?