China stands its ground after Trump amps up tariff threatsThe Saigon Times Daily Chinese and U.S. flags are set up for a signing ceremony during a visit by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING/WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - China vowed on Thursday to retaliate if the United States acted on a threat to raise tariffs on the Asian nation’s exports, fuelling fears in financial markets that the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies would escalate. U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday instructed his trade officials to look at increasing tariffs to 25% from 10% on US$200 billion in Chinese imports into the United States. Trump, who has accused China and others of exploiting the United States in global trade, has demanded that Beijing make a host of concessions to avoid the new duties, which could be imposed in the weeks after a comment period closes on Sept. … [Read more...] about China stands its ground after Trump amps up tariff threats
Amped up electric
The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum’s la H’Drai district has finally joined the national grid thanks to the national power supply plan for rural, mountainous and island areas for 2013-2020. The event has benefited 334 local households living in la Dom and la Dal communes. The electricity project worth 17 billion VND (756,564 USD) has a total capacity of 670 kilovolt-amps. It is part of a national power supply plan aiming at rural, mountainous and island areas between 2013 and 2020, which expects to light up 183 target hamlets with 14,000 when it is over. la H’Drai is a newly established district with small population and poor transport infrastructure. Source: VNA … [Read more...] about Electricity comes to la H’Drai district
The US Trade and Development Agency is continuing to provide financial fuel for Vietnam's power and communications development. USTDA director Leocadia I. Zak last week told VIR that the agency had just approved a $600,000 technical assistance programme for the National Power Transmission Corporation of Vietnam (NPT) to assist NPT in developing a new information technology (IT) and smart grid roadmap. "Hopefully implementation of this programme will be begun next year," she said. The programme, the second of this type between USTDA for NPT, would link a team of US' experts from Tangible International of Virginia with NPT to expand and modernise Vietnam's electrical grid. "I am excited to see the outcomes of this new system, once implemented, that will enable NPT to effectively manage time-sensitive situations like line congestion or power fluctuations in order to better respond to its customers' needs," Zak said. In addition to helping NPT develop the IT architecture for … [Read more...] about USTDA muscles up power development
Residents are getting amped over a Ho Chi Minh City program starting on August 1 that encourages consumers to buy solar energy water heaters. The program, jointly supported by Ministry of Industry and Trade, Electricity of Vietnam and the city's People's Committee, has attracted a great deal of attention among residents and local companies producing water heaters. It's estimated that a typical solar water heater a four-person family would use could save up to 7.5 kW of electricity per day and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emission equivalent to planting 200 trees. … [Read more...] about Warming up to water heaters
With a nearly 13-inch screen, the iPad Pro has enough space for two apps to be used simultaneously. Source: Apple Apple’s iPad Pro is the Mercedes-Benz G550 of tablets. The G550 is Mercedes’ uber-SÜV, one of the most sure-footed four-wheel-drive cars sold today. It has fully lockable front, center, and rear differentials for maximum traction over most any surface. If I were driving across, say, Chad, it is the vehicle I would want to be in. I like cars, and I admire the G550. I can appreciate the engineering that went into making a car so capable. I also live in suburban New Jersey, and therefore have absolutely no need for a G550, even if I had the money to buy one. Apple’s iPad Pro ($799-$1,079) is the best large-screen tablet with an attachable keyboard and optional stylus you can possibly buy today. If you’re in the market for a nearly 13-inch touchscreen, I truly, non-sarcastically think you will find the iPad Pro perfect for your … [Read more...] about Apple’s iPad Pro is the Mercedes-Benz G550 of tablets.