Vietnam’s health ministry received global recognition on Wednesday for its efforts to end the use of tobacco, which is killing millions of people worldwide every year. The ministry was among six winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control announced in Cape Town, South Africa. It was praised for its “excellent” work in tobacco surveillance and monitoring, while El Salvador, Mexico, Senegal, Uganda and Argentina were honored for regulations and policies put in place to protect their communities from tobacco. “Their outstanding work is saving lives every day,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, a former New York mayor and founder of the organization, as cited by PR Newswire. The honorees will continue to help lead the fight ahead, said Bloomberg, the WHO’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases. Watch Vietnam's fight against tobacco in this video shared by Bloomberg Philanthropies: The Bloomberg awards were first … [Read more...] about US charity hails Vietnam for trying to stub out tobacco use
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Last year, after a Minnesota dentist sparked an uproar by killing a popular lion named Cecil while on safari in Zimbabwe, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service placed similar African lions on the endangered species list, making it illegal to import them as trophies to the United States. But for African lions and other threatened and endangered species, there’s an exception to this rule: Hunters, circuses, zoos, breeders and theme parks can get permits to import, export or sell endangered animals if they can demonstrate that the transactions will “enhance the survival” of the species. Often, records show, this requirement is met in part by making a cash contribution to charity - usually a few thousand dollars. The practice has angered both animal-rights activists who say it exploits wildlife and exhibitors who describe the process as unfair and arbitrary. In the last five years, the vast majority of the estimated 1,375 endangered species permits granted by the Fish … [Read more...] about U.S. charity loophole enabled trading of 1,300 endangered animals
Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, African penguins, sunshine and sea, is a world-renowned tourist destination. But it could also become famous for being the first major city in the world to run out of water.Most recent projections suggest its water could run out as early as March. The crisis has been caused by three years of very low rainfall, coupled with increasing consumption by a growing population.The local government is racing to address the situation, with desalination plants to make sea water drinkable, groundwater collection projects, and water recycling programmes.Meanwhile Cape Town's four million residents are being urged to conserve water and use no more than 87 litres (19 gallons) a day. Car washing and filling up swimming pools has been banned. And the visiting Indian cricket team were told to limit their post-match showers to two minutes.Such water-related problems are not confined to Cape Town, of course.Nearly 850 million people globally lack access to safe drinking … [Read more...] about Will Cape Town be the first city to run out of water?
Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer charity on Wednesday as Nike broke all ties with the disgraced cycling star over "seemingly insurmountable evidence" of doping. … [Read more...] about Armstrong dropped by Nike after leaving Livestrong
Quang Nam war massacre marked commemorated in Quang Nam The massacre by South Korean troops happened on the morning of the 24th day of the first lunar month of 1968. In Ha My village, 135 local people were killed, mostly the elderly, women and children. Yesterday, the 45th anniversary of the horrific event drew representatives from the Peace Museum of the Republic of Korea and provincial union of friendship organisations, as well as members of relevant ministries and agencies, all of whom joined witnesses and family members of the victims in central Quang Tri Province to share their memories. "I was barely ten years old at that time. I was peeling pumpkin with my grandfather in our house. I escaped from death because my grandfather took me to hide in a dug-out under the altar," said Nguyen Thanh Nam, whose mother and two younger brothers were killed in the massacre. Director of the Korean Peace Museum Han Hong Koo said he had no idea about what had really happened for dozens of … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 6/3